An icon of the city of Kolkata is the Victoria Memorial. This majestic structure stands testimony to the colonial past of the city. The building was designed by Sir William Emerson and is one of the most beautiful structures of modern India. The memorial houses a museum which has several artifacts belonging to the British times. The Royal Gallery here has original oil paintings of the time of Queen Victoria, which take you to the times gone by. Visit the memorial and you will be charmed by the grandeur and the understated elegance o the building.