The South Park Street Cemetery – A Colonial Legacy

Once we were done with our trip to the Science City, we headed for our next place of visit which was the South Park Street cemetery. The cemetery is one of the famous attractions of the city because of its style and structure. It is one of the largest cemeteries of the Christian community outside Europe or America.

The cemetery was established in the year 1767 by the British when they officially started ruling the country. What makes this cemetery a worthy tourist attraction is the style of the tombs there which have a Gothic and a rich Indo Sacrenic style of structure. There are close to 1600 graves inside the cemetery. This cemetery has featured in many of the Satyajit Ray’s movies also. 

The cemetery was only in use until 1830s and after that it came under the Archaeological Survey of India which commissioned it as heritage site of India. The street leading to the cemetery is famously known as Park Street in the city. Some of the notable officers working for the British government are buried inside this cemetery.

South Park Street Cemetery
South Park Street Cemetery | Image Resource : wikipedia.org

The name cemetery sounds as a place of mourning and not a tourist spot but it is one of the heritage spots of the city. Many people visit it. The cemetery is also reminiscent of the colonial past of the country as tombs of many British generals and officers are there. The place is not haunted or horrific. There are two other cemeteries in the vicinity known as North park Street Cemetry and Lower Circular Road cemetery.

The place is a nice, peaceful one like a quiet oasis amidst a crazy and a busy city like Kolkata. There are also many small trees and flowers which makes the boulevard of the cemetery very attractive and beautiful. There is a mosque located nearby the cemetery and sound of Azaan on a lovely quite evening inside the Christian cemetery was a treat for the ears.

View of South Park Street Cemetery
View of South Park Street Cemetery | Image Resource : shadowsgalore.com

I certainly recommend this place to everyone who visits Kolkata. I was happy that my little one wasn’t scared inside the cemetery rather enjoyed every moment. After this visit we headed to our hotel to sleep. The next day we decided to visit some more places and start the day with a trip to the legendary Eden Gardens.

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