"Raj Bhavan" Kolkata (Calcutta) Things to Do Tip by Willettsworld

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Raj Bhavan or Government House was built in the early 19th century and is modelled on Kedleston Hall. The house was once the seat of the Viceroys of India; later, when the Government moved to New Delhi, it became the residence of the Governor of Bengal, a function that it fulfills to this day. While the basic features of Kedleston have been faithfully copied (the Palladian Front, the Dome etc.), Government House is a much larger, three storeyed structure. Also, the Government of India evidently did not have the funding constraints that forced the Curzons to leave their house incomplete: Government House has all four wings originally conceived for Kedleston.

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  • Written Aug 18, 2007
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