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The Victoria Memorial Hall at Kolkata

This is the Victoria Memorial Hall, the imposing structure in Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal, was built by Lord Curzon, the then Viceroy of India on the occasion of the death of Queen Victoria as a memorial to her. This was in 1901.

The memorial is situated on an area of 64 acres of land. It is a fusion of Greek as well as Italian architecture. Islamic domes, which were common in India, had also been incorporated into the design, thus giving the whole structure a unique majesty.

The centre of attraction here is its museum, with Victoria memorabilia, British Raj paintings and other displays. A notable collection of weapons, sculptors, paintings, maps, coins, stamps, textiles etc. can also be seen. A series of paintings, which illustrate the life of Queen Victoria throws light into the life of the British monarch.