Victoria Memorial hall is one of the popular historical sight of Kolkata. It is dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria, then Empress of India, built between 1906 and 1921.
It is built of white Makrana marble. The architect was William Emerson. The design is in the Indo-Saracenic revivalist style which is a mixture of British and Mughal elements with Venetian, Egyptian, Deccani and Islamic architectural influences. The garden of the memorial was designed by Lord Redesdale and David Prain. The central dome of Victoria Memorial is the figure of the Angle of Victory. Surrounding the dome are allegorical sculptures including Art, Architecture, Justice and Charity and above the North Porch are Motherhood, Prudence and Learning.
It has 25 galleries. These include the royal gallery, the national leaders’ gallery, the portrait gallery, central hall, the sculpture gallery, the arms and armory gallery and the Calcutta gallery.
This was my 2nd visit to this memorial hall. I did enjoyed visiting this place 1st time as a kid as well as this time. I love history and historical sights, so it was very interesting to me. This is the perfect place for history lovers and students, it also help kids to know our history better. Still few things I just want to mention those are 1. the atmosphere of the garden is not pleasant for kids, it has became a lovers’ spot and spoiling the entire image of this beautiful sight. 2. This place is overcrowded at weekends and government holidays, so better select a weekday to avoid crowds. 3. Same as Alipore Zoo, we have faced too much disturbance with the unwanted photography and videography of us by the locals who were visiting the sight.