While the City of Joy is known as the cultural capital of the country, it is also popular for some architectural wonders that leave everyone awestruck. Whether it’s the grandeur of the iconic Howrah Bridge or the magnificence of Vidyasagar Setu, you will be nothing but a rapt audience. The towering Shaheed Minar, the magnificent Victoria Memorial or the imposing Marble Palace, each architectural wonder has its own allure. Do remember to admire the Victorian architecture of St. Paul’s Cathedral as well. We have listed below some of the architectural marvels of the city that are also amongst the most famousplaces to visit in Kolkata.
ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL
Streaks of European architecture are more than apparent at the St Paul’s Cathedral which is one of the finest examples of Indo-Gothic fusion with its large stained-glass windows and Florentine frescos.
The Marble Palace is an architectural wonder built by Zamindar Raja Rajendralal Mullick in 1840. Located in the northern part of Kolkata, the Marble Palace still houses some original works of renowned painters like Peter Paul Rubens and Sir Joshua Reynolds.
Famously called the ‘cloud kissing monument’ by Mark Twain, the Shaheed Minar stands tall at Esplanade in Central Kolkata. Originally called the ‘Ochterlony Monument’, it was founded in 1848 and was renamed in 1969 in memory of those who lost their lives in the freedom struggle.
One of the everlasting impressions that stay with you long after you’ve left the City of Joy, is the gleaming white Victoria Memorial surrounded by lush greenery and wide roads. It was built to commemorate Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee in 1901, but was completed only two decades later.
Much like the Bay Bridge in San Francisco, the Howrah Bridge is a landmark that has become the very identity of Kolkata. Popularly referred to as Rabindra Setu and even the gateway of Kolkata, this structure has become the face of the city owing to its grandeur and majestic appeal.
Also known as the Second Hooghly Bridge, Vidyasagar Setu is a cable-stayed toll bridge over the Hooghly River, connecting Kolkata and Howrah. Named after the 19th century Bengali polymath Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, it is one of the longest bridges in Asia.