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Ancient monuments and buildings make a city stand out and its citizens proud of their history. These places are assets and must be protected and conserved. #WorldHeritageDay is a collective effort of the communities in the world to do the needful for these invaluable assets. The day celebrates the diversity of heritage throughout the world. This World Heritage Day, we bring to you a list of heritage sites in Chennai, a city steeped in history and culture.
Chennai Central Railway Station
Chennai Central, erstwhile Madras Central, is the main railway terminus in the city of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.It is one of the most important hubs in the South. The 142-year-old building of the railway station, one of the most prominent landmarks of Chennai, was designed by architect George Harding.
Fort St George
Fort St George was built in 1653 by the British East India Company. This now houses Tamil Nadu’s Legislative Assembly & Secretariat. The Fort Museum has displays on Chennai’s origins and the fort, and interesting military memorabilia and art from colonial times.
Napier Bridge is one the Chennai’s oldest bridge and was constructed in 1869. It connects Fort St. George and Marina Beach over Coovum River in Beach road.
The Government Museum or Madras Museum is a museum of human history and culture. It was started in 1851, and is the second oldest museum in India. Rich in archaeological and numismatic collections, this museum has a large collection of Roman antiquities. It also has an impressive Museum Theatre.
Kapaleeshwarar Temple is Chennai’s most active and impressive temple and is believed to have been built after the Portuguese destroyed the seaside original in 1566. It has a colorful gopuram, pillared mandapas (pavilions), and a huge tank – and is dedicated to the state’s most popular deity, Shiva.
Higginbotham’s is an Indian bookstore chain and publisher. The company’s first bookstore at Mount Road, Chennai is India’s oldest bookshop in existence and the first and the oldest existing book shop in India.
Chepauk Palace was built in 1758 and was the official residence of the Nawab of Arcot.
Victoria Public Hall
Victoria Public Hall was built in 1887 to honour Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee. This hall hosted the first cinema show in the city. The Trevelyan Fountain, in front of the hall, is a beautiful structure built to honour the contribution of Charles Trevelyan, the then-Governor of Madras.
Madras War Cemetry
This is a war cemetery, which has 856 common wealth burials of World War II. This memorial does not contain any real buried dead bodies, but it only has memorials with names of dead soldiers in World War II
Spencer Plaza is the oldest and was one of the biggest shopping malls in South Asia at the time it opened. The present mall was reconstructed in the year 1991 after the original complex was destroyed in fire. It is one of best known landmarks in Chennai.
There are many more places: Karl Schmidt Memorial, LIC Building, Statue of Labour, St. Thomas Mount Church, Santhome Basilica, Madras High Court Building, Connemara Public Library, Chennai Egmore Station etc. Add your favourite go to places with your children in Chennai here.