University of Madras
University of Madras
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Plan a little walk by yourself, tracing the colonial architectural lineage of the University of Madras. The buildings are spread over the city, so look out for the most speactacular one close to Marina Beach. The famous Senate House is also a part of this campus, built in the Indo-Saracenic style with Byzantine and European architectural features. Other places to look out for British architecture are Ice House, Vivekananda Museum, High Court, War Memorial and the Parrys area. If you are a photography enthusiast, this is going to be even more satisfying.
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Neighborhood: Royapettah
Another busy neighbourhood that is a center of trade and commercial related sctivities is the famous and popular Royapettah. Apart from being known for its many tourist attractions, Royapettah is a favourite shopping and entertainment check in for all budget travelers. Popular for shops selling home fabrics, traditional sweets, furniture and house décor, it can be quite a delight for all those looking at packing in a range of quick shopping on a busy touristy day. For those seeking to take a break from a shopping agenda, visit the magnificent 150-year old Amir Mahal – one of the largest palaces in the city or chill at Amethyst, a nostalgically posh haven that's outrageously popular with expats and well-off Chennaiites for its creative menu and beautiful range of artefacts and jewellery.
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Sindhu N
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I am student of University of Madras, so in relation to all my degrees I used to visit this place regularly till 2005... after that also I have visited this place many times till 2010...
Written September 26, 2012
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GuelphTraveller
Canada1,389 contributions
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You can walk onto Oxford University and Harvard and virtually any university in the world as a tourist and take pictures but not the University of Madras. You can photograph from the street but the trees make it difficult. This restriction on photography is a serious obstacle for tourists and researchers in India. However the Senate building is an important Indo-Sarcenic building which is a Victorian picturesque style with blended Italian and Sarcenic designs. It is the masdterpiece of architect Robert Chisholm and was completed in 1873. In addition the Presidency College which gave photo permission is also on site and is another good example of the style. There are other interesting buildings in the area including the crumbling remains of the Chepauk Palace (1768) once the home of the Nawab of Arcot.
Written October 22, 2014
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dksud
Mumbai, India78 contributions
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Madras University, established in 1857, must be one of the oldest Universities of India. I just happened to view the dome of Madras University's Senate Hall from across the MGR Samadhi at Marina Beach and was immediately attracted by beautiful domes painted with vibrant colors. I am glad that I walked through the subway to this great monument.
The architect from outside is so captivating that I took numerous rounds of the Hall to capture it in my camera from various angles. From the outside the architect dominated by domes appears Islamic. But from inside, there is a complete transformation in style. With its tainted glasses, curved walls, long pillars, painted ceiling and a podium, it can pass as a beautiful Catholic church. Carvings of Hindu gods and godesses on the columns at the entrance compliment the architect blend.
Architect alone is not the only attraction. There is a permanent exhibition of documents, photographs and paintings depicting not only the history of Madras University but also history of education institutes starting from 11th Century.
Some of most important documents display the curriculum, salary paid to teachers and allowance paid to students during height of Chola dynasty in South.
Building and its surroundings can do with some improvement is house keeping.
I would rate it the best toursit attraction of Chennai after Mahabalipuram.
Written January 13, 2013
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Rasheed I
Chennai (Madras), India56 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Typical government attitudes where the staff believe they are doing you a favour for everything. Vast campus and much walking to be done with no helpful boards or signs to indicate what is available where.
Written November 5, 2012
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Abhishek
Bengaluru, India1,245 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Its a Old Running University. If you visit this place then you can only see the Architecture, University Stuffs, a few Students and their Guardians there. Nothing more. Very close to Marina Beach and Chepauk.
Written August 18, 2012
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Ajay S
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you love Architecture and Knowledge, visit this place. Excellent place to walk around and look at old schools. Eat at the canteen, for some authentic 'college students food' :)
Written January 6, 2015
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tsashi
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia969 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Situated along the beach road, this old establishment is a must for anyone who loves buildings. Huge grounds with old structures is a perfect photo place.
Written May 14, 2014
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Bornav
Assam, India11,071 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The main university campus with historic colonial buildings located by the seaside looks impressive from outside. However, visitors are not allowed to enter the premises. This area is relatively peaceful in the evening for a walk by the sea.
Written March 1, 2014
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Mikael S
Copenhagen, Denmark8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
One of several campus of University of Madras and located opposite the Marina Beach, is worth of a visit before going to the beach. Take a walk inside the campus, get a taste of the university's atmosphere, and visit the photo exhibition in the Senate building. Adjacent to the exhibition there's University of Madras' Bookshop in which a illustrative book about University's history and architecture is available.
Written February 7, 2014
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bsp2010
Chennai317 contributions
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I have done my MBA in Madras University (also called University of Madras) during 84-86. We have celebrated 25 years silver jubilee last year. For last 2 years, I am a regular visitor. Many of our batch students and seniors and juniors are at very high positions (directors, president, vice president, etc ) across the industries. This simply proved that the university is really excellent.
Written January 24, 2013
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