Marble Palace

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Overview

 Marble Palace is located in northern part of Kolkata at Muktaram Babu Street. Marble Palace is one of the most beautifully restored nineteenth century mansion.  It was built by Raja Rajendra Mullick in 1835. 
 
The house was built in 1835 by Raja Rajendra Mullick, a wealthy Bengali merchant with a passion for collecting works of art. The house continues to be a residence for his descendants, and the current occupants are the family of Raja Rajendra Mullick Bahadur. Raja Rajendra Mullick was the adopted son of Nilmoni Mullick. There exists an old Jagannath temple built by Nilmoni Mullick within the premises, which predates the house itself. 
 
A wooden staircase leads to the first floor of the house, part of which remains inaccessible as people still live in those quarters. Though this area is dimly lit, several paintings hang from the walls, such as Marine View by Van Goyan, Guercino's Venus and Adonis, Sassoferato's Madonna and Child, and some others by Ravi Varma. The frames are also noteworthy; most of them are ornate and gold-polished. The rooms on the first floor have a distinctly Baroque flavour, dramatically enshrined with full-length mirrors. Here, one can take a look at the remarkable collection of antique furniture, Western sculpture and of course, a fine collection of paintings. The first room to the left is the Meeting Room, housing art works, silver show-pieces, huge chandeliers, and Belgian glass mirrors. The next room is the “nach-mahal”, once entirely carpeted with seating arrangements on both sides of the room. Apart from the chandeliers, the other objects that merit attention here are the antique clocks. The corridor itself is crammed with vases, paintings, marble and wooden sculptures as well as exotic birds, such as the Red Rosella and Eastern Rosella from Australia, and the Sun Conour from South America. Vibrant, like the rooms themselves, the birds seem to embody the quintessence of the Marble Palace. One can detect a bust of George Washington, of Satyrs and a series of paintings depicting scenes from the Old Testament in these corridors. A huge brass hookah is kept near a doorway, with remarkably intricate designs carved upon it. The next stop in the tour is the Painting Room. Although the entire house bears testimony to the grand collection that the Raja had, this room houses the best of them all. These include Rubens' The Marriage of St. Catherine and Amazon's War, Murillo's The Martyrdom of St. Sebastian, Sir Joshua Reynold's The Infant Hercules Strangling the Serpent, and Venus and Cupid, and John Opie's Shower of Gold amongst others. An impressive  grandfather clock stands in one corner of the room, though it is understandably dwarfed by the vast canvases. 
 
He built this grand palace with a passion of preserving the exquisite works of art. The mansion is famous for its sparkling white marble walls and floors, from which it has derived its present name. The palace also has an exquisite collection of Western sculpture and Victorian furniture. There is a private zoo, which was the first zoo in India. . It now primarily serves as an aviary, including peacocks, hornbills, pelicans, storks, and cranes. The menagerie also contains monkeys and several species of deers.
 
This architectural masterpiece was built from superior quality Italian marble, which endowed it with the sheer elegance.one hundred and twenty six types of colourful Italian marble that had been transported across the sea. About 126 different types of marbles were collected from nook and corners of the country to build this architectural treasure. Marble Palace boasts a collection of 82 different types of exquisite clocks. The Marble Palace Zoo is reckoned as the first zoo opened in India by Raja Rajendra Mullick.
 
Entry is free, but a permit must be obtained 24 hours in advance from the West Bengal Tourism Information Bureau at BBD Bag, Kolkata. Inside the house, there are guides who give visitors a tour of the house, although the parts of the house which are still inhabited remain off-limits. 
 
Marble Palace Timing:  10 am to 4 pm on all days except Mondays and Thursdays.
 
How to Reach,
The famous Marble Palace in Kolkata can be easily reached by any public or private transportation.
 
Nearest Railway Station: Paharpur Railway Station
 
Nearest Airport: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport 
 

Location

Country
India
State
West Bengal
City
Kolkata
Location
Barisha
Address
Marble Palace, 14, Panchkori Ghosh Road, Barisha, Kolkata, West Bengal 700008
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Nearest Bus Terminal
14, Panchkori Ghosh Road, Barisha
Nearest Railway Station
Paharpur (PRP)
Nearest Airport
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport
IN
latitude : 22.654699330 longitude :88.446701050
Corporation : Kolkata
GPS Code : VECC
Open Year
1835
Dedicated To
Raja Rajendra Mullick
Visiting Hours
10 am to 4 pm on all days except Mondays and Thursdays.

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