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Central Kolkata and the Maidan Family

Built in 1864 and still in use as Kolkata's main post office, this building's massive white Corinthian columns rest on the site of the original Fort William, where the British were attacked in 1756 and many officers were imprisoned by Siraj ud-Daula in the infamous "Black Hole of Calcutta," a tiny space that caused most of the group to suffocate. A postal museum, founded in 1884, has artifacts and stamps. The Philatelic Bureau is situated at the southwestern end of the building.

Family Free Government Building

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Netaji Subhash Rd., Fairlie Pl.
Kolkata, West Bengal  700001, India


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Rate Includes: Free, Weekdays 10–5:30, Closed Sun.

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