“Another charming Taj”, “The finest building in Bengal”, and “A poem in marble” — are some of the literary tributes that have been paid to the Victoria Memorial, which overlooks the southern landscape of Kolkata.
It is a gravely sinful act not to visit the Victoria Memorial when you are in the City of Joy. The sparkling white marble beauty, a symbol of the British Raj in India, is one of the most majestic and elegant monuments not only in Kolkata but in the entire country. The grand structure, an epitome of beauty and grace, reflects the brilliant Indo-Saracenic architectural style that breathed in that era. A five-tonne, sixteen-foot bronze statue – ‘Angel of victory’ – mounted on ball bearings on the dome of the memorial heightens the grandeur and the overall appeal of the monument.
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