Shaheed Minar, Kolkata (Calcutta)

See a standing monument to the victims of many wars waged in the area, Shaheed Minar. Built in 1828 in tribute to Major-general Sir David Ochterlony, by whom was named as the Ochterlony Monument, and with its original role of revering his defense of Delhi and the victory over Nepal, it stands today in the memory of the martyrs of the Indian freedom movement, as it names means “martyr’s monument” in Bengali and Hindi. Observe the architecture of the tower, with the influences of Egyptian, Syrian, and Turkish styles. The tower stands 48 m (157 ft) high. You can’t climb it without permission from the police. Work out when and for how long to visit Shaheed Minar and other Kolkata (Calcutta) attractions using our handy Kolkata (Calcutta) day trip planner.
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  • Shaheed Minar is popularly known as Monument is a land mark of Kolkata(Esplanade). It was build by British Govt. in memory of Sir David Ochterlony. It is 48 Meters (157ft). There are around 223 steps ...  more »
  • Entitled as the "Cloud kissing Monument" by Mark Twain, the Shaheed Minar is located at Esplanade in central Kolkata in the north east facet of the Maidan the tower is 48 metres (157 ft) high. It has ...  more »
  • A historic tower located in the heart of the city, near to Esplanade & just besides to Esplanade bus stand. No one is permitted to enter into the tower. Looks good from far away. but environment is no...  more »
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  • One good place in the Kolkata Metropolis to hang around with friends or family for some time in the twilight. In the evening the entire Minar gets illuminated with with a band of various colours lighting adding a breeze of thrill in the surrounding. On special occasions and events, the theme of lighting changes to match the climax. To sum up, it's a nice and unique feeling to be here in the region during the evening!
  • Shaheed Minar formerly known as the Ochterlony Monument (অক্টারলোনি মনুমেন্ট), is a monument in Kolkata that was erected in 1828 in memory of Major-general Sir David Ochterlony, commander of the British East India Company, to commemorate both his successful defense of Delhi against the Marathas in 1804 and the victory of the East India Company’s armed forces over the Gurkhas in the Anglo-Nepalese War. The monument was constructed in his memory. It was designed by J. P. Parker .
  • Kolkata is full of impressive monuments and wonderful architectural beauties. One of these magnificent architectural structures is the Shaheed Minar, situated near the Esplanade. This architectural masterpiece was earlier known as Octerloney Monument, after its founder Sir David Ochterlony. Built as per the outstanding Egyptian style, this magnum opus was built as memorandum of the founder's victory in the Nepal War of 1814-1816. To some an extent, it looks like a replica of the famous Qutub Minar of Delhi. The famous Shahid Minar of Calcutta is about 158 ft high. It has two balconies at the top. The top floor of the minar is accessible by a serpentile staircase. A total number of 198 stairs from the ground floor take you to the first balcony of the tower, from where 25 more stairs lead you to the second balcony. The splendid tower was renamed as 'Shaheed Minar', from 'Octerloney Monument', in the year 1969, in the honor of those great soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of India. Presently, Saheed Minar has become the centre of political meetings and rallies in Kolkata. Party assemblages and seminars, on various contemporary issues, are held here frequently. The tradition of holding such meetings here began in 1931, after Rabindranath Tagore headed convocation at this place, condemning the vandalism of the British Government in India, when its officers ruthlessly shot dead a youth in Hizli. From then onwards, the tower became the venue of political rallies as well as convocations. Apart from this, a view of Kolkata from the top of the minar is exclusive and exceptional.
  • Former names : Ochterlony Monument Status Used as a monument and owned by the Government of West Bengal. Type Monument Architectural style Foundation based on: Egyptian, Column of: Syrian, Cupola of: Turkish Location : Kolkata MaidanAddress11, Rani Rashmoni Avenue , Kolkata, West Bengal . Construction started : 1825 Completed : 1828 Renovated: 2011– present Owner Government of West Bengal Height : 48 m (157 ft)
  • Historical monuments , reminds the history & great respect to our nations ratna ! Salute for those freedom fighter from my heart with great respect !

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