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Victoria Memorial
Victoria Memorial

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Challenge: Urban Landscapes IV (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 28-90mm f/4-5.6 II USM (Black)
Location: Kolkata, India
Date: Mar 12, 2012
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125
Date Uploaded: Mar 12, 2012

Victoria Memorial during a sudden unexpected afternoon tropical storm.
I was lucky that the Memorial was wet after an afternoon torrential shower...
Notice that all the stones seem to look like different..

Victoria Memorial is one of the most fascinating landmarks of Kolkata. A visit to Victoria Memorial rekindles the opulent Raj era nostalgia. It is made of White Barble and there is a harmonious blend of European and Mughal architecture. Scholars and historians refer to Victoria Memorial as an unhappy attempt by the Britishers to build a better Taj Mahal.

Lord Curzon first conceived the idea of building a memorial of stupendous dimension as a fitting tribute to Queen Victoria. Kolkata being the capital of British India, was the natural choice for a building of such magnitude. Once the outlay of the building which was designed by Sir William Emerson, the need for funds proved to be a stumbling block. But Lord Curzon being an astute administrator raised money from the benevolent princes and the people of India.

The Prince of Wales laid the foundation stone of the Memorial at Kolkata on 4th January, 1906 and on 21st December, 1921, the Memorial was opened to Public by the Duke of Windsor.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/16/2012 05:10:14 PM
Lovely shot. Looks like it may be a little unlevel (?) But I love the darkness against the light. Overall, it's a very nice shot.
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