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Kolkata, India

Obscura Day 2015: South Park Street Cemetery Tour

Join us for an in-depth tour of one of the first non-church cemeteries in the world.

Spend Obscura Day with Kolkata City Tours as we delve into the rich history and diverse architecture of a beautiful 18th- century Indian necropolis!

South Park Street Cemetery is one of the first non-church cemeteries in the world. The cemetery was ceremonially declared open in 1767, and closed in 1840 due to a lack of burial space. Now a heritage site, South Park Street Cemetery houses the tombs of many notable European figures of the regal era and distinguished expatriates who were once an integral part of Kolkata’s history.

The architecture of the grave stones is a mix of Gothic and Indo-Saracenic style. The tombs are mostly made of sand-stone and are square, rectangular or circular in structure. The architectural designs of the tombs reflect classical European styles ranging from Romanesque cupolas, Grecian urns, pyramids, obelisks, cairns and sarcophagi. The sarcophagis are designed in unique Hindu style with black basalt carvings on the frontal fascia that resembles miniature replicas of Orissan ‘rekha deul’. A walk through the grounds reveals a subtle character of Hindu philosophy, expressed through the cemetery's eclectic architectural designs.

This Obscura Day, join our knowledgable guides from Kolkata City Tours to discover the fascinating history and melting-pot of influences found within South Park Street Cemetery's beautiful architecture and overgrown grounds.

DETAILS:
Saturday, May 30; 11:00am - 12:00pm
Cost: $8.00 (~500 INR)
Meet up will be at the South Park Street Cemetery Gate
184 Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Road, Kolkata, India