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Denmark tavern, 1923, Serampore, West Bengal. natmus.dk
In India, there are innumerable monuments that are the remnants of the past colonial rulers and as well as early rulers. It is the responsibility of the state governments in association with the Central government (ASI) to take care of them and save those that face the risk of crumbling over period of timedue to neglect and lack of interest. In this regard, Kerala and West Bengal have become pioneers and saviors of heritage structures for the posterity.
Serampore, near Kolkata has innumerable monuments, in particular, built by the Danish colonist. A 200 year old heritage building - a two storied structure was once a Danish Tavern, a nice water hole in the Danish colony that once attracted lots of Europeans. This old building had been lying in ruins for a pretty long time. Last year in October the restoration work began in full swing and the project cost was around Rs. 5 crores funded by the National Museum of Denmark - part of Serampore Initiative, a collective of representatives from the Denmark Museum and West Bengal government. The old tavern will be converted into riverside cafe with limited accommodation. Once the restoration work is completed, along with the eatery, there will be a lodge, catering to the visitors to this famous heritage site and the Danish ambiance would be retained that would enthuse the tourists. It is likely coffee Board would manege the cafe and set up the coffee house.
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