and the result is this awe-striking monument, that is a literal feast for the eyes.
King George V and the Prince of Whales laid down the foundation stone for the memorial in 1906, and the memorial was finally opened to the general public in 1921.
■■Architecture and Design of Victoria Memorial ■■
The chief architect of the Victoria Memorial is William Emerson, the president of the Royal Institute of British Architects.
He has tastefully lent an Indo-Saracenic style of architecture to the monument, while drawing inspiration from Egyptian, Venetian, Mughal and other Islamic styles at the same time.
The 184 feet high building is constructed with Makrana Marble of white colour that was brought all the way from Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
The vast gardens that surround the monument, and are spread over a sprawling 64 acres, were designed by botanist Sir David Prain and Lord Redesdale.