posted on 2018-05-15 11:26:57
posted by Agnideepto Datta
Reading history is important and it's fun. Letting our minds flow through the narratives of the past, visualising places and times where only our thoughts can reach is almost always enchanting. It's interesting reading the past but to visit those historical places which stood through time, with each and every corner of that place whispering to us stories and tales of times we can never ever visit again is even more interesting. It's a wonderful feeling, where one can imagine being amongst a lively moment back in time, where it's like being an invisible one silently witnessing history, witnessing those moments that came alive.
The city Kolkata is a like a castle in the sands of time. The capital city of the British Empire in colonial India which has been the centre point of Bengal’s Renaissance, the city which echoes the horrors of the past, the famines, the partition and so much more! So many communities, religions, ethnic groups, all surviving together with so many stories to say, so many ways to see and so many places to be at!
Let us now walk through some of historical places to see in Kolkata, some quite well known and some rare ones difficult to discover.
The grand and beautiful palace of Raja Rajendra Mullick. Built in 1835, this structure is a testimony of the rich taste of art and architecture of the royal Bengali families during the British rule.
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As the name says, it is constructed out of marble, with huge pillars and immensely beautiful internal architecture, which is both aesthetically and historically rich. Inside the palace there is a collection of paintings and art. Marble Palace is located at Machuabazar and the visitors need to get a permission prior to visiting this place from the West Bengal tourism office.
2) Victoria Memorial
An idea conceived by viceroy Lord Curzon and beautifully planned through the strokes of imagination of architect William Emerson, such an elegant structure like the Victoria Memorial was made.
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Dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria of England, Victoria Memorial is one of the most majestic and elegant structures in Kolkata. Inside the memorial there are loads of portraits, paintings, memoirs, weapons, manuscripts to see and relive the days of the colonial glory of the British Empire. Even outside the memorial there are gardens, lush greenery to sit and relax and admire the grandiose of the structure.
3) Beth el Synagogue
Located at Pollock street in Kolkata and surrounded by lots of shops selling electrical goods, the Beth el Synagogue stands for the roots of the Jewish settlements in Kolkata which started around late 18th century.