For a city which was created during the British Raj, it is not surprising that both its landmarks are British creations. Personally, I consider Howrah Bridge to be the signature for my city. It may be in part because that was the structure I saw first when I came to Calcutta for the first time, as a very small kid. When my mom told me that we would be going over that bridge, I wondered and worried, how on earth are we gonna get on top of those steel structures! In my defense, I was 5 years old. 🙂
To get back to Victoria Memorial, it was built, as the name suggests, in memory of Queen Victoria. In 1901, at the death of the Queen, the then Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon suggested the creation of the Memorial. The Memorial was finally opened in 1921.
Designed by the British architect, William Emerson, the building is made with white Makrana marble, like the Taj Mahal. And, it does not need a rocket scientist to figure out the similarity in design of the two structures. I guess, it is sort of poor man’s Taj Mahal. 🙂
But, there’s no denying that it is a beautiful structure, and I enjoy going there for an occasional walk.
I have shared three shots of the building, taken from, essentially the same place, early in the morning. Do let me know which one you like the most.
This post is also in response to this week’s photo challenge: Three