Victoria Memorial Information:
Victoria Memorial is a memorial situated in Kolkata India. Built between 1906-1921, this monument is dedicated to Queen Victoria. This monument has a beautiful blend of sculpture. There is a magnificent museum in Memorial, where more than 3,000 items are displayed including the Queen’s piano and study desk. It is now become the tourist destination under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture. The entry fees of victoria memorial is Rs. 20.0 per person for the Museum (Indians), Rs. 200.0 per person for (Foreigners), Rs. 10. per person Daily ticket for Garden, Rs. 100 per person Monthly ticket for Garden and Rs. 1000 per person Yearly ticket for Garden.
Victoria Memorial History:
The Victoria Memorial was established in the form of a special museum in memory of Queen Victoria with a special emphasis on Indo-British history at the initiative of Lord Curzon. The foundation of the Victoria Memorial was laid in 1906 by the Prince of Wales. It is built on 57 acres of land and is called ‘Taj of Raj’, because the Victoria Memorial recognized as the best specimen of Indo-British architecture in India was opened to the common man in 1921 and in 1935 It was declared a Institute of National Importance by the Government of India Act.
Quick info about Victoria Memorial:
||Victoria Memorial Hall, 1, Queens Way, Kolkata, West Bengal 700071
||William Emerson, Vincent Esch
||10.00 AM – 5.00 PM (All days except Monday and National Holidays).
Important Facts About Victoria Memorial:
- Prior to the establishment of the Victoria Memorial, this place used to be jail instead of Victoria Memorial.
- Near the gate you will see VRI written, which probably means Victoria Regina Imratrix.
- Like the Taj Mahal, the Victoria Memorial is built of white Makrana marble and is a memorial to an empress.
- The Victoria Memorial Collection has 28,394 artifacts exhibited in nine galleries, which reflects the country’s culture.
- In 1912, before the construction of the Victoria Memorial was finished, King George V announced the transfer of the capital of India from Calcutta to New Delhi.
- The Victoria Memorial was funded by Indian states, individuals of the British Raj and the British government in London.
- The statue of the ‘angel of victory’ is installed on the central dome of the Victoria Memorial. This statue, installed on a large ball bearings, revolves around the air.
- There are some Historical thing is here like the sword of Tipu Sultan, the cane used in the Battle of Plassey, rare items before 1870, valuable manuscripts like Akbari written by Abul Fazl, precious items like rare postage stamps and western pictures also placed here.
- Emerson was a student of William Burges and an architectural theorist. He first visited India in about 1860. Emerson designed the Crawford Market, Mumbai (1865), the All Saints Cathedral, Allahabad (1871), and Muir College in (1873). He learned to include Hindu architectural elements in his works.
- In 1902, Emerson engaged Esch to sketch his original design for the Victoria Memorial.