Raj Bhawan

"India should be governed from a Palace, not from a counting-house, with the ideas of a Prince, not with those of a retail dealer in muslin and indigo," said Lord Wellesley, Duke of Wellington's elder brother, who was the Governor-General of Fort William during the period 1798-1805. The East India Company was at the peak of its power. So the Government House, now known as the Raj Bhawan, was built. This palace was built between 1797 and 1803 to serve as a residence for the Governor General. The Bhavan has six gates surmounted by a lion, symbol of the British Empire. A collection of antiques is found inside, including the throne of Tipu Sultan. A beautiful garden surrounds the building. It is a grand demonstration of what was to some, the Queen Anne style, with more distinct touches of the better known Georgian style. The model was Lord Curzon's ancestral home in Derbyshire. The wooded compound of six acres breathes elegance and majesty, marked by flower-beds, green lawns and gravel walks. Till 1912, the palace was the residence of the Viceroy of India. After India's capital was shifted to Delhi, it became the official residence of the Governor of Bengal. The Raj Bhawan sports rare works of art collected over the years.

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