The old South Park Street Cemetery in Kolkata.
A little about what is often referred too as The Great Cemetery Tombs in Calcutta, India. The Christian cemetery is located around half way along Park Street in Calcutta. However road name Park Street no longer officially exists and similarly nor does Calcutta, so to be correct it is half way along Mother Teresa Sarani in Beniapukur, Kolkata.
Set in pleasant well kept grounds which were reclaimed from marsh,
it was in use from 1767 through to 1830 and the area is now a Heritage Site and protected by the A.S.I.. There were originally several cemeteries in the immediate area but the only other remaining one is the the small Lower Circular Road Cemetery (opened in 1840) within which there are just a few monuments. As a matter of interest the names of the roads beside these cemeteries were originally Burial Ground Road (Park Street) and New Burial Ground for the other one.
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The Great Cemetery is open daily from 08:00 to around 16:30 and entry is free - bearing in mind that their is considerable expense in maintaining this old Colonial area then do buy the small book about the cemetery on sale at the gate. You will also find at the entrance people who are more than willing to answer questions or walk round and show you various things - they work at the
cemetery so are not the usual "guides" you find in India who always want money. Should add that if you are looking for a particular grave then they have a list of all the people's graves and will show you exactly where it is located.
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