Kolkata (Calcutta) Sights

Ochterlony Monument (Shaheed Minar)

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Published 04/07/2016

Fodor's Review

On the north end of the Maidan stands a 148-foot pillar commemorating Sir David Ochterlony's military victories over the Nepalese in the border war of 1814–16. Built in 1828, the impressive monument has a curious design: the base is Egyptian, the column is Syrian, and the cupola is Turkish. Now officially called the Shaheed Minar (Martyr's Tower), it has been the site of many political rallies and student demonstrations during Calcutta's turbulent post-Independence history.

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J. L. Nehru Rd., Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Published 04/07/2016

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