Chandrashekhar Azad Park
|Chandrashekhar Azad Park (CAP)|
|Location||Georgetown in Prayagraj (Allahabad), India|
|Area||133 acres (54 ha)|
|Status||Open all year|
Chandrashekhar Azad Park (also known by its former name Alfred Park, and Company Bagh during the Company Raj) is a public park in Allahabad. Built in 1870 to mark Prince Alfred's visit to the city, with an area of 133 acres, it is the biggest park in Allahabad. It was renamed after freedom fighter Chandra Shekhar Azad, who sacrificed his life here, during the Indian independence struggle in 1931.
In 1870 old cantonments were transformed into a park when, after the Rebellion of 1857, new areas were developed.
Being a big park it has some of very important heritage and recreational sites.
- Chandra Shekhar Azad Memorial, where Azad sacrificed his life.
- Victoria Memorial. Large canopy made of Italian limestone, dedicated to Queen Victoria. It was opened on 24 March 1906 by James Digges La Touche. The canopy once sheltered a huge statue of Queen Victoria which was later removed.
- Prayag Sangeet Samiti, a music training institute.
- Madan Mohan Malviya Stadium
- Allahabad Museum
- Allahabad Public Library
Being the biggest park, it attracts a large number of people. according to an estimate, approx 5000 people visit this park in duration of 4:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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ADA (Allahabad Development Authority) Google Earth