February 14, 2011

Victoria Public Hall - Chennai, South India

Chennai, the erstwhile Madras city, the gateway of South India, was founded by British and it remained as a powerful location of British government in South India. Due to these reasons, there are a lot of heritage sites belonging to British era are found in Chennai city. Even most of the current Government buildings such as Corporation, High Court, and General Post Office run in heritage buildings.

The Victoria Public Hall, which is also called as 'Town Hall', is one of the important heritage buildings of Chennai city which belongs to British period. The Victoria Public Hall was constructed in 1887 to commemorate the golden jubilee of the British Empress Queen Victoria. The building, designed by Robert Fellowes Chisholm has an Italianate tower capped by a Travancore-style roof. It served as a theatre and public assembly room in the late 19th century and early 20th century.

The Victoria Public Hall building, which is found near Moore Market, next to Central Railway Station, is in poor state today. Recently, the government has taken some steps to restore this great heritage building.

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Fast Facts:
Site Name: Victoria Public Hall
Site Type: Heritage site
Location: Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: 19th century British heritage building
Nearest Railway Station: Chennai - well connected from the cities/towns all over India
Nearest Airport: Chennai has both national and international airports
How to reach: Easily reachable by road, train, and flight
Hotel: Many star hotels, luxury hotels/resorts, and budget hotels are available in Chennai
Restaurants: All options - vegetarian, non-vegetarian, Chinese, South Indian, Gujarati, North Indian, Punjabi,....- you can find everything in Chennai city

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