Victoria Memorial Hall
Dating back to 1906, Victoria Memorial is an enormous building, which reigns supreme over the southern end of Kolkata Maidan. Large ponds and a huge statue of Queen Victoria, from the front view of the building. Inside the Victoria Memorial are lofty atriums and upper galleries that have changed little, displaying huge Victorian oils, commemorative busts of colonial heroes, arms and various memorabilia.
The paintings by British artists include a large collection of pictures by Thomas and William Daniell, Burne-Jone’s portrait of Rudyard Kipling and several examples of Zoffany’s best work, including ‘Warren Hastings and his Family’. There is also a fine collection of Indian and Persian miniatures.
The Victoria Memorial is a combination of classical European architecture and Mughal motifs. The planning and construction was that of Lord Curzon, who wanted to construct an outstanding monument, to commemorate British rule in India.