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Marble Palace

Marble Palace, Kolkata
Fact File
» Open : Daily Except Mondays and Thursdays.
» Timing - 10.00 A.M. to 4.00 P.M.
» Entrance - free (You must get a pass from the West Bengal Tourist office 24 hours in advance)
» Address - 46, Muktaram Babu Street, Kolkata 700040.
» Display Objects - Marble statues, bronze images, wood work, paintings, glass and porcelain , etc.

Marble Palace is located on C.R. Avenue in north Calcutta at Muktaram Babu Street, Chorabagan, a congested part of the city.

About Marble Palace
Built by Raja Rajendro Mullick in 1835, the Marble Palace exhibits the art forms of Italy, the Netherlands, England, and other European nations. The interiors of the palace-the floors, walls, and tabletops-are all made of marble. This palace set behind a large lawn has the sculptures of Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, Hindu Gods, the Buddha and Christopher Columbus. A large pool near the small granite bungalow has ducks, peacocks and ostriches.

The palace contains numerous object-d'-arts, statues, pictures & oil paintings. Reuben's masterpieces are also preserved there. There is also an original painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds. The ground of the palace contains number of aviaries, floor to ceiling mirrors, marble statues and some rare animals in cages.

The three-storey building has tall Corinthian pillars and Chinese pavilion type verandas on the sides. The high iron gates open out to a large circular lawn, which has an aviary and an intricately carved marble fountain at the centre. Beyond are a rock garden and a statue of the Buddha.

Entering the building, one finds a succession of large halls. There is marble everywhere - of 90 different varieties, it is said that marble was transported across the seas to provide floors, wall panels and tabletops. Inside are displays of beautiful paintings, sculpture, furniture and antique urns. This collection, garnered from 90 countries around the world, is not to be missed.

There is also a private zoo housing a collection of birds from different corners of the world.

There are some important statues and paintings on display here, which include the works of Rubens, Titian, Gainsborough, and Sir Joshua Reynolds. There are also beautiful chandeliers, European antiques, Venetian glass, old pianos, and blue china vases. To enter you need to get a free pass at the Government of India Tourist Office. Occasionally you can gain admission by offering baksheesh to the caretaker.

Oberoi Grand Calcutta Hotel is 4 km. far from Marble Palace.

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