KOLKATA, India (AP) — The British left footprints across their far-flung colonial empire from Toronto to Yangon.
But nowhere is there as vast and varied a collection of heritage architecture than in Kolkata.
Thousands of buildings — homes, churches, palaces and even synagogues — survive here from the days of the Raj, when Britain ruled India.
This marvelously exuberant, maddeningly chaotic city began as a small trading post in the 1690s, rose to become the seat of British power and now ranks as India's third largest city, a megalopolis of some 15 million people.
Unlike countries which opted to eradicate the physical legacies of colonialism, India has accepted these colonial-era buildings as witnesses to history.