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Beautiful foggy winter sunrise at Victoria Memorial, Kolkata, India.
Beautiful foggy winter sunrise at Victoria Memorial, Kolkata, India. (© DebashisK/Shutterstock)
Memories in the mist
Kolkata's Victoria Memorial is a symbol of the city's rich heritage. Designed by Sir William Emerson and built in the honour of Queen Victoria, it is housed amidst many gardens on the premises of the memorial. The building is much more than just a repository of history, it is a cultural centre, with galleries housing an extensive collection of paintings, manuscripts and artefacts. A perfect example of Indo-Saracenic architecture, it hosts an elegant white marble façade, adorned with delicate sculptures and a soaring central dome. Its fusion of British, Mughal, Venetian, Egyptian and Deccan influences, constructed with white Makrana marble.