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Indian Architechture Through the Ages Introduction to Indian Architechture Architechtural Glossary Getting Around in India
 
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Monuments in Calcutta
DAKSHINESHWARA TEMPLE
HIGH COURT
RAMAKRISHNA MATH (AT BELUR)
SITALANANTHA TEMPLE
ST. JOHNS CHURCH
VICTORIA MEMORIAL HALL
WRITERS BUILDING
 
Kolkata (Calcutta), the main city in east India, is on the banks of the Hoogly River. The city’s population including that of the suburbs exceeds 10,000,000. It was a small village until the 17th century. In 1690, the British established the East India Company and built Fort William, which later became their stronghold and the seat of government. Over the next century until New Delhi was made capital, Calcutta continued to develop as the capital of the country, and during this time many European style structures were transplanted here. No traces of the traditional Indian style is seen in these structures which were damaged after 1947 and have not regained their formal glory. Over-population has also taken its toll. As Kolkata also stagnated economically, its building industry lags far behind Delhi and Mumbai.

Even so, India\'s first subway was started in Kolkata in 1984. The city is reinventing itself, to become a formidable force in Asia, once again.