Built in Italian Renaissance cum Saracenic style, Victoria Memorial was planned by Lord Curzon and opened by the Prince of Wales in 1921. This British attempt at building a second Taj Mahal, is dedicated to Queen Victoria and houses a fantastic collection of rare memorabilia from Colonial days. A light and sound show recreates history every evening.
It was first built in 1770 and served as the headquarters of the “writers” or junior servants of the East India Company. Today, the refurbished Writers’ Building is the seat of the West Bengal government secretariat. It’s situated in BBD Bag – a city square named after three martyrs of the freedom movement.