Victoria memorial was dedicated to Queen Victoria after her death in 1901, by Lord Curzon, the then Viceroy of British India. It was intended to serve as a tribute to the success of British Empire in India. Using Indo-Saracenic style with Moghul architectural elements, the memorial was designed by Sir William Emerson. Its foundation stone was laid in 1906 and the construction was completed in 1921. The cost of construction was borne by British Indian states and individuals who wanted favors from the British government. The massive hall is situated on a 64 acre land among blooming gardens. It houses a museum containing a large collection of memorabilia relating to Queen Victoria and the British presence in India as well as other exhibits. The Memorial also contains a Royal Gallery housing a number of portraits of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and paintings illustrating their lives.