Historical Places in Kolkata To Witness Glorious Heritage

Historical Places in Kolkata

There are numerous historical places in Kolkata for every kind of history buff. The history of Kolkata is intimately related to its invention during the British rule dating back 300 years ago. Earlier known as Calcutta, it originated as a capital of British India in 1960 when East India Company dominated the country. Struggling to develop during Britain’s power war, most of its essential developments took place in the 17th and 18th century. Later in the 19th century, Kolkata became one of the central points of India’s freedom struggle and after the capital shifted to New Delhi in 1911, it became a bustling port and the new cultural capital of India.

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Here is the list of 9 Historical Places in Kolkata To Witness Glorious Heritage

1. Victoria Memorial

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The Victoria Memorial is a large marble building, which is considered to be the pride of Kolkata. Built between 1906 and 1921, it is dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria. Presently it is a museum and a popular historical place in Kolkata under the Ministry of Culture.

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2. Indian Museum

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The ninth oldest museum of the world and largest in India, the Indian Museum is located in the city of joy - Kolkata. The foundation stone of the Indian Museum was laid down in the year 1814 and has been a centre of multidisciplinary activities ever since. Popularly known as 'Jadughar', it has the finest collection of contemporary paintings, sacred relics of Buddha, Egyptian mummies and ancient sculptures. It is an absolute must to visit this historical place in Kolkata.

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3. Fort William

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Fort William is situated in Kolkata on Hooghly River, on its eastern bank. The fort got its name from King William III. It was set up in the year 1696 by British East India Company. It is spread over a distance of 70.9 acres. This huge construction took nearly ten years to complete and had two floors. It comprised of wings and an inner Bastille where prisoners were hauled which is why it was known as 'the black hole of Calcutta'.

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4. St. Paul's Cathedral

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St. Paulâ's Cathedral has been set up in Kolkata, West Bengal. Its foundation was laid in 1839, and it was completely constructed in the year 1847. It has been recognized as the largest cathedral in Kolkata. The cathedral is wonderfully decorated during Christmas and New Year's Eve and huge masses of people swing by the place to enjoy its overwhelming beauty. It is the first church of its kind to be built in the British Empire making it a landmark historical place in Kolkata. It is said that this cathedral was built three times before the one which stands today came out.

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5. Jorasanko Thakur Bari

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Currently located on the Rabindra Bharati University campus in Jorasank, Jorasanko Thakur Bari is the house in which the first non-European Nobel laureate and poet, Rabindranath Tagore was born.

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6. Mother House - Historical place in Kolkata of Mother Teresa

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This is the place where the Tomb of Mother Teresa is present. It is maintained by her missionaries and followers who have continued to promote her legacy.

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7. Sabarna Sangrahashala

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Designed, developed and maintained by Sabarrna Roy Choudhary Paribar Parishad to preserve and display the heritage of one of the well known families of Bengal- The Sabarna Roy Choudhary family.

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8. Marble Palace Mansion

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The Marble palace near the Chorbagan in North Kolkata built in 1835 by Rajendra Mallick is famed for its art collection of masterpieces by Reuben and paintings by various renowned international artists such as Reynolds, Van Gogh and Rembrandt.

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9. Shobhabajar Rajbari

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The Shobhabazar Rajbari is one of the grandest Bengali style houses ever built. It was build by the Royal family of Shobhabazar in Kolkata, and the grandeur is only palpable to the eye.

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The historical places in Kolkata are world renowned for their significance to the Indian independence struggle. Which of these historical places in Kolkata would you wish to visit? Let us know in the comments below!

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