The Architectural Beauty of Kolkata

Howrah bridge with a boat passing by in Hooghly river

The architectural setting of Kolkata, India's cultural centre, is interesting and reflects the city's turbulent past. The colonial era's influences and indigenous styles are flawlessly incorporated into the city's architecture. With more than 200 years of British colonial rule, Kolkata served as a blank canvas for spectacular buildings that bear witness to the city's illustrious past.

Colonial Architecture in Kolkata

The colonial era forever changed Kolkata's architectural identity, especially under the British administration. Neo-Gothic, Victorian and Indo-Saracenic architectural styles are only a few of the many architectural styles on display in the city. Many buildings that have been recognised as landmarks showcase these influences.

a view of Victoria memorial from afar with the grass area on either side and a walkway leading to the memorial

Victoria Memorial:

A discussion of Kolkata's stunning architecture would be incomplete without bringing up Victoria Memorial. This magnificent marble monument, which was constructed in Queen Victoria's honour, is a prime example of Indo-Saracenic design, the most iconic of Kolkata architecture styles. Its splendour displays the blending of British and Indian architectural features and is embellished with elaborate sculptures, domes and expansive gardens.

Howrah Bridge:

Howrah Bridge is another impressive piece of architecture in Kolkata. This cantilever bridge, which spans the Hooghly River, serves as a testament to the city's engineering expertise. The bridge, built in the 1940s, is an example of British engineering expertise combined with lasting practical design.

howrah bridge in the night with lights on
an overview of st. paul cathedral from the inside

St. Paul's Cathedral:

The city of Kolkata's rich colonial legacy is best exemplified by this architectural marvel, which is located right in the middle of the city. The Gothic Revival architecture of this Anglican cathedral has spectacular stained glass windows, opulent interiors and tall spires. It is a breathtaking illustration of the magnificence of the city's architecture.

Indian Museum:

Founded in 1814, Indian Museum is a masterpiece of architecture in addition to being a treasure mine of historical artefacts, making it a magnificent example of colonial architecture in Kolkata. It is striking, with a Greco-Roman facade and a beautiful central dome. The museum's extensive collection of natural history, art and archaeology provides a window into Kolkata's rich cultural history.

Indian Museum in Kolkata with clear sky

Lastly, Kolkata's stunning architecture is a monument to both its vibrant past and the legacy of colonialism. The city features a fascinating fusion of colonial and indigenous architectural forms. The architectural landscape of Kolkata is breathtaking, with the stunning Victoria Memorial standing alongside other spectacular landmarks like Howrah Bridge, St. Paul's Cathedral and Indian Museum.

During your visit to Kolkata, consider staying at Kenilworth Hotel, which is ideally situated close to these magnificent landmarks, to fully immerse yourself in Kolkata's architectural magnificence. As you explore the city's architectural marvels, indulge in luxury and comfort in our opulent rooms and suites.

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