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Notes on the Geography of Northern India: Calcutta Monuments: Photo 8

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A young Victoria stands in the Queen's Hall, the central rotunda of the building.  She manages to looks cool despite the heat. The building measures 339 by 228 feet, and every marble block was hauled from quarries in Jodhpur, on the other side of the country. It's the same Makrana marble that was used for the Taj Mahal, and it was ordered by Curzon, who was making a statement. Who paid for it? Well, officially, the people and princes of India, by voluntary subscription.

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