The second capital of the British Raj, Kolkata still has the remnants of the bygone era. The British invested a lot in erecting beautiful structures, leaving behind a rich engineering and architectural heritage. Let’s take a look through the best colonial structures in the City of Joy.

Colonial Buildings in Kolkata

Howrah Bridge

The Howrah Bridge–connecting Kolkata since centuries

The Howrah Bridge is the landmark that represents Kolkata to the world. Among the busiest bridges in the world, the Howrah Bridge makes an appearance in almost every movie that features Kolkata. But its best appearance is in Love Aaj Kal, where Imtiaz Ali cleverly juxtaposes it with the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

Raj Bhavan

The Raj Bhavan tells the stories of colonial India

You will not miss the Raj Bhavan if you are anywhere around BBD Bagh. An imperial palace, right in the heart of the city, the Raj Bhavan is the official residence of the Governor of the state. The sprawling palace covers 27 acres.

Kolkata High Court

The High Court building

You might have spotted this regal, scarlet building in Bappida’s hit Toone maari entriyaan in the movie Gunday. The oldest High Court in the country, the building is one of the most recognisable landmarks in Kolkata, after the Howrah Bridge.

St Paul’s Cathedral

St Paul’s Cathedral - An example of Renaissance architecture

For most Kolkatans, attending the Christmas Mass on Christmas Eve at St. Paul’s is a rite of passage. The massive cathedral with huge, stained glass window is a must-visit for any visitor to Kolkata. The cathedral was rebuilt to its former glory after an earthquake damaged the original structure in 1934.

Writers’ Building

Writers’ Building - Centre of the West Bengal government

This sprawling complex, the seat of the West Bengal government, provides a tranquil contrast amidst the din of the hawkers around. The Writers Building was a hub of many revolutionary activities during our freedom struggle.