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Shaheed Minar, Kolkata (Calcutta)

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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. By using our Kolkata (Calcutta) holiday planner, you can arrange your visit to Shaheed Minar and other attractions in Kolkata (Calcutta).
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  • The structure itself is very imposing and looks great from a distance. However the bus stand and the crowded markets in the vicinity makes it a bad choice to visit.At best take a photograph from dista...  more »
  • The Shaheed Minar was formerly known as the Ochterlony Monument, which is a famous historical place of Kolkata.  more »
  • Earlier it was Octerlony Monument. Now it was renamed as SOHID MINER. It is at the center of Kolkata Esplanade area.  more »
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  • A very very important Land Mark of Kolkata. People assemble here for different needs. Some of them are Political Parties. The monument is very old and it is also a historic place. From the top it looks like spectacular view of City Kolkata.
  • Historic place, the big ground and locality is too dirty and muddy. Not maintained properly. Always crowded with the passengers of Dharmatala/Esplanade bus stand.
  • Formerly it was known as Ochterlony Monument. Very good monument. Nice to see and enjoy. One can get to the top with valid permission from the authority. From the top Kolkata looks amazing and beautiful. The surroundings of the monument need to be kept clean.
  • A monument near Esplanade Bus stand. It is so beautiful that it can easily attract eye of anyone. At night its beauty reach to another level.
  • Shaheed Minar is one of the oldest monuments that the City of Joy has to offer. The minaret is so huge that it can been seen from miles within the city. This was previously known as "Martyrs' Monument" and was constructed in 1828 by the british in memory of Major General David Ochterlony. He is said to have defended Delhi from the maratha aggression. Apart from the history , this is a place which is usually empty. You'll find a couple of hawkers and a dozen of people sitting and relaxing here. So you can visit it at anytime . There are no tickets charged for visiting this place and it's free. The shaheed minar is also famous for the political rallies that take place in kolkata. This place is just 5 mins walk from Esplanade and 10 mins from the World famous Eden Garden.

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