Marble palace Kolkata
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Location: Chorbagan, Muktaram Babu Street
Significance: Artistic brilliance on Display
Marble palace is one of the most mesmerizing and grand structures in whole of Kolkata. Located in the busy Chorbagan area, the majestic structure was built by one of Bengal's richest landlord - Raja Rajendra Mullick Bahadur in the year 1830.
One of its chief characteristics is the fine assimilation of major architectural styles found all over the world. Although the dominant style is Gothic, close inspection reveals delicate use of Roman, Oriental and Greek architectural styles as well. Overall, the structure exhibits a well thought out planning & design upon its architecture. Various Indian and European artisans were involved in its construction and the name Marble Palace was chosen by British Lord Minto after the use of an astounding 126 varieties of marble in its construction.
A beautifully landscaped lawn with superlative sculptures of Jesus Christ, Virgin Mary, Lord Buddha and Christopher Columbus exists in front of Marble palace’s façade. The exquisite sculptures of lions in particular speak volumes about the quality of craftsmanship. The interiors of the palace are equally astounding and one of its star attractions is the mirrored rooms showcasing famous works of Reynolds, Rubens and Murillo. Regarded as a treat for art connoisseurs, the palace houses art and historical relics of 90 countries across the world apart from an amazing 82 varieties of exquisitely decorated antique clocks
A sparkling lake with a graceful fountain at the middle is located at the North Western façade of this palace. Owing to its panoramic beauty, a number of films have been shot at this magnificent palace. The Marble palace is open for public on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday between 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.