Marble Palace Kolkata- the royal elegance of West Bengal
One of the most popular attractions of Kolkata, the ‘city of palaces’ is the Marble Palace. It is well known for its royal architecture and its historical essence. It is being preserved since the 19th century and has been constructed by the best merchants of the king’s time. It is named so due to the varieties of marble patterns crafted in the building including pillars and the walls. In 1835, Raja Ranedra Mullaink Bahadur built it. He was very passionate about antique pieces and unique arts. If you wish to spot some of the best paintings of great artists then come right to this palace. The Marble Palace Kolkata contains paintings of artists like Ruben, Titian, Reynolds, and John Opie.
The palace is the residence of the descendants of the Mullick family. Although entering the palace is free but you need to take prior permission from West Bengal Tourism Department situated at BBD Bag in Kolkata. Photography is prohibited as it is a private residence. You would be allowed to enter there and have a visit to experience its beauty but the residential area is out of limit or not reachable. Open courtyards and Thakur dalan( a place of worship) as in traditional Bengali home decoration style is adjoined with the palace. A music room is also there with marble inlay that displays musicals instruments of the 19th century. Chandeliers in the ballroom explore the beauty in a more enchanting manner and make us experience the romantic environment of that time.
Location and how to reach
This majestic historical building is situated in North Kolkata at Muktoram Babu Street in Jorasanko. To reach the palace you need to get down at MG Road Metro station. From there, walk towards the north and then take a left turn when you see the first traffic signal. There stands the majestic building of the Raja’ Palace. If you go from the east then go to the lane that adjoins lane nos. 198 and 200.
Features of Marble Palace Kolkata
- The ornamental balconies look grand and royal in its decoration and appearance.
- Fretwork and sloped roofs have been built influenced by the Chinese pavilion.
- The garden, lawn, zoo, and the lake add up to the grandeur of the mansion and fulfils the thirst of the interested tourists.
- Statues of gods and goddesses increase the purity of the palace. Hindu gods, Lord Buddha, Lord Jesus, mother Mary altogether in one building reveals the religious character of the king.
- There are also statues of the king of animals. Lion and Christopher Columbus, the great explorer. The dramatic sculpture of ‘Leda and the swan’ is also present here.
- Marble fountains add up to the beauty of the palace.
- A temple dedicated to Lord Jagannath has also been built by Raja Rajendra Mullick.
- 82 types of different clocks are said to boast the palace.
What to see
There is a zoo which was indeed the first zoo model in the country that inhibits some deers, other small animals and birds like hornbills, peacocks, cranes, and pelicans. Stucco work and grand portico could be seen on the ground and first floor. The exquisite paintings of Sir Joshua Reynolds that describes the strength of infant Hercules killing the serpent and painting of Ruben that describes the marriage of martyrdom of St. Sebastian and St. Catherine. Apart from these, other things present in the palace are:
- Western sculptures and statues
- Antique pieces of Victorian furniture
- Chandeliers beautify with reflecting silver glasses
- Urns and wonderful clocks
- Rock gardens as well as a lake
The architectural masterpiece of Marble Palace Kolkata is said to collect 126 varieties of marbles from different parts of the country, India to give it a royal elegance. If you want to experience the royalty of the past era, hundred years back from now, then this palace is definitely a perfect one that will leave you mesmerized dipped in its enchanting beauty. No doubt, it is the only place where you can notice the blending of tradition and modernism under one roof. There is no other palace like this in the whole city.