7 Wonders now in Kolkata at Ecopark

7 Wonders now in Kolkata at Ecopark

January 13, 2018 0 By starstylemag

7 Wonders now in Kolkata at Ecopark

Seven Wonders in Kolkata Eco-park

Visit Newtown Ecopark, now 7 wonders in Kolkata.

Around the world in an hour, or even less. Visitors to Eco Park will be able to go one up on Phileas Fogg, Jules Verne’s protagonist who achieved the feat in 80 days. Sizeable replicas of the Seven Wonders of the World, under construction for the last year and a half, have finally opened to public viewing.

The entry is through Gate 4 of Eco Park, right at the corner where Eco Park ends if one is coming from the Salt Lakeside. Tickets cost Rs 30. The timings are same as at Eco Park — 12 noon to 7.30pm. Mondays are closed.

Taj Mahal

The most familiar and obvious presence is the Taj Mahal. It is about one-eighth of the original in Agra. The walls are made — not of marble — but of fiberglass. “Had marble been used entirely, it would have taken four to five years to finish construction as also have shot up the cost. But there is a bit of marble in the monument nonetheless if you look underfoot where marble slabs have been used. “Since there would be a lot of friction with visitors walking on the surface,

Pyramid & Sphinx

A 40ft pyramid stands flanked by a smaller structure and the Sphinx. These may be dwarf-sized compared to the gigantic structures in the deserts of Egypt but there is scope to walk into the air-conditioned central pyramid. Inside, there is even a small sarcophagus inside. The lid has a figure of a king carved on it but does not try to prise it open in search of a mummy. There is none.

Great Wall

While the actual wall in China spreads for thousands of kilometers along the mountain ridges, the Great Wall of New Town is about 100m long if the curves are straightened out. “I have taken only a fraction of the wall and represented it and the watchtowers along its length. Since mountains can extend any which way, I could take that liberty.”

Petra

shows how nomads in antiquity living in caves became inclined towards aesthetics and developed architectural sense.” While the main structure is modeled on El Deir or The Monastery in the ancient city of rock-cut architecture in Jordan, some pillars and rockfaces stand independent of the main structure.

Colosseum

The Roman amphitheater has been reduced to one-sixteenth of the original size which used to sit an audience of 65,000-plus in ancient Rome. The oval structure has a semblance of a gallery in a small section but it is just for show.

Moai Statues

Just as the Moai of Easter Island stand along the coast and face inland, the replicas at Eco Park have been placed along the park’s eastern perimeter looking into the park. There are 32 figures, with heights varying from 15 to 19 ft. Placed in three uneven rows,

Christ the Redeemer

The towering Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ, which became well-known during the 2014 Fifa World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, is the most visible figure while passing by Eco Park. Since the original stands on the peak of the 2,300 ft Corcovado mountain overlooking Rio de Janeiro,