Shaheed Minar – The memorial tower in Kolkata

It was erected in 1828 to commemorate the victory of the British East India Company forces against the Marathons in 1804 and the victory of the East Indian Armed Forces over the Gurkhas in the Anglo-Nepalese War. The monument was designed by J. P. Parker.

The vast field to the south of Shaheed Minar, is known as the Shaheed Minar Maidan or the Brigade Ground / Image source

In the 1970s it was redefined in memory of the martyrs of the Indian freedom movement and renamed “Minhar Sindad”, which means “monument of martyrs”.

The tower is 48 meters high. It has a foundation based on the Egyptian style. The column is a combination of style with a classic glued column, upper part and dome. It has two balconies at the top. The minaret has about 220 steps to the top.

The Shaheed Minar, formerly known as the Ochterlony Monument c. 1905

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