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To find monuments in Kolkata city is a bit tedious. The city has a historical existence of less than 400 years and during this time there was not any erection or construction of memorial structures as are found in other cities. However, there are few buildings and places, primarily built by the British Power, that fulfill this very requirement in the region. The monuments of Kolkata city as such reflect the Western influence on the city and on the country itself. Popular examples of such monuments are Victoria Memorial, Fort William, Writers' Building, General Post Office.

The monuments of Kolkata city are some of the few preserved records of the colonial rule over India. These monuments takes us to the times when expatriates established their rule in the country. The monuments are open history books on whose pages is written the plight of India under foreign dominion. For historians and those interested in modern Indian history these places are more than monuments. Shaheed Minar is one such example of the monument.

Besides the monuments erected by the British there are few other structures that present the beauty of the bygone era. There are some temples and mosques in Kolkata that can be literally called as monuments. Saint Paul's Cathedral, Paresnath Jain Temple, Kali Temple, Presnath Jain Temple are some popular worshipping places that also bear the impressions of the past and historical importance.

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