India has modern cities, historical towns, spectacular landscapes, and what not! Chennai, also called as the ‘Gateway to South India’, is a cultural, economic and educational centre of this enigmatic country. The destination is well known for its touristy nature and has magnificent monuments that shed light upon historical and interesting stories of the past. We have mentioned some of these time-honoured structures below.
Fort St. George
Opened to the public in 1948, the Fort St- George is considered to be the first establishment of the British in India. Built as a trading post, it later served as the origin of the modern Indian Army. Fort St. George is split into two sections: St. Mary’s Church and the Fort Museum. Post independence, the Archaeological Survey of India has declared Fort St. George as a protected structure.
Ripon Building, built in 1913, is the seat of Chennai Corporation (Madras Corporation). It is painted in white as a symbol of Indo-Saracenic architecture. This royal building is rectangular in shape with a 43 metre tower and a 2.5 metre clock. This clock has a mechanical key system, which is checked daily. Beyond that, four bells form an essential part of the monument. Entry is restricted though.
Also called the ‘Anna Samadhi’, the Anna Memorial was made to pay tribute to the great Dravidian leader Arinzar Annadurai and ex- Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, C. N. Annadurai who was cremated here in 1969. Children can entertain themselves at the fabulous parks and aquariums here.
Thousand Lights Mosque
The Thousand Lights Mosque is a revered place of worship for Shias. It has derived its name from the 1000 lights, which illuminated the assembly hall. Regarded as one of the largest in the nation, this monument has been erected in medieval architectural style. It displays multiple domes and spearing minarets, which are roughly 64 metres tall. It witnesses a huge crowd during the yearly Muharram festival.
Valluvar Kottam is dedicated to the renowned Tamil poet, philosopher, and saint, Thiruvalluvar, who wrote the Thirukkural over 2,000 years ago. Some of them are inscribed in the front hall corridors. The main auditorium situated within the temple can accommodate 4000 people. Visitors are allowed to click photographs.