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Some of the biggest cities in India contain buildings that offer a glimpse into the country's lengthy history. Calcutta, for instance, is home to the Marble Palace, which has become a highlight of many tours of India.
The buildings was completed in 1835 by Raja Rajendra Mullick Bahadur, one of the wealthiest people in India at the time. Though it's been nearly 180 years since it was constructed, the Marble Palace still retains much of its architectural appeal, and it stands out among many of the other most famous buildings in the country.
Visitors will first notice the palace's Neoclassical design, typified by its numerous pillars, which stands as a contrast to the more traditionally Bengali practice of its open courtyards. Yet, while its appearance is certainly striking, the rooms inside are what make the Marble Palace a must see destination.
The interior of the Marble Palace is highlighted by its exquisite collection of art. Perhaps most impressively, the buildings houses two works from English painter Joshua Reynolds as well as a pair of paintings from German artists Peter Paul Rubens. The design inside is equally as impressive as its exterior, with countless clocks, chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling mirrors resting around every corner.
The grounds surrounding the Marble Palace are equally interesting. There are a large number of statues strewn throughout the expansive area surrounding he building along with a variety of decorative elements ranging from ponds and fountains to a miniature rock garden. The Marble Palace is also home to the first zoo ever opened in India. While it's not especially big, the zoo is home to a diverse set of birds, including storks, cranes and toucans.
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