South Park Street Cemetery in Kolkata

The South Park Street Cemetery is one of the earliest non-church cemeteries on Earth.

The South Park Street Cemetery is one of the earliest non-church cemeteries on Earth. | Photo credit: Wikipedia/Giridhar Appaji Nag

South Park Street Cemetery Overview

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Established during India's colonial era, South Park Street Cemetery is famed as one of the oldest non-church cemeteries on Earth. You will be amazed to know that in the 19th century, this Christian cemetery was the largest of its kind outside America and Europe. In use since the year 1767 on a land that was previously marshy, this cemetery continued to serve its purpose until 1830. At present, this site is one of Kolkata's important heritage sites and is protected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

Simply awe-inspiring are the memorials that flaunt an impressive amalgamation of Gothic and Indo-Saracenic architecture styles. The tombs over the graves are graced with classical details and sculptures. On the epitaphs, interesting professions of the departed are inscribed. Most of which reads 'breeder of cattle', 'silversmith', 'schoolteacher', 'head tide-waiter', 'architect', 'postmaster' and 'surgeon'. The tombs that are built in Indo-Saracenic style are of composite brick structure. They feature a central dome that is flanked by small replicas of Orissan ‘rekha deul’ on four sides.

  • Opening Closing Time 09:00 am – 05:00 pm

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    An impressive archaeological site, South Park Street Cemetery features many unique structures that incite visitors to click. The Gothic styled domes and memorials showing off brilliant Indo-Saracenic style of architecture are sure to astound every onlooker.

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65, Park Street, Mother Teresa Sarani, Taltala, Kolkata, 700016, West Bengal