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It is located in the Esplanade area of central Kolkata in the north east part of the Maidan. The tower that rises to a height of 157 ft - 48 m is quite visible in this area and was built on a solid foundation.The classical fluted column has two parts - a Syrian upper portion and a Turkish cupola - dome. There are two balconies atop the tower. The top floor of the Minar can be accessed by a circular staircase, consisting of a total of 223 steps. It was built by the Burn and company.
The vast open space to the south of Shaheed Minar, is referred to as as the Shaheed Minar Maidan or the Brigade Ground where political rallies and fairs used to be held. It has a history of holding political rallies and fairs.