This kind of architecture, a protracted revelation of modern Britain, naturally unseen so far, brought a new intellectual and cultural awakening to Calcutta. Not surprisingly, a monument was erected in Calcutta in honor of the late Queen Victoria at the time. A little known fact is that the Victoria Memorial did not receive any funding from the British government. The construction of the white marble building and its surrounding 65-acre garden required a staggering cost of Rs 1.5 crore. In the list of architectural wonders of India, the Victoria Memorial is considered second only to the Taj Mahal in terms of majesty. However, in terms of amalgamation of architectural styles, the Victoria Memorial probably surpasses even the great Taj. The design of the memorial has been adapted from Mughal, Venetian, Egyptian, Deccani and Islamic styles, all of which were cleverly combined to enable only the then British modern architects to build.
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