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India's decaying 'Little Europe' gets a facelift

Bengal's colonial enclaves seen as new tourism attractions

The Hooghly Imambara, a Muslim assembly hall completed in 1861 in Bandel, undergoes renovation work. (Photo by Laure Siegel)

KOLKATA -- Kolkata, or as the city was formerly known, Calcutta, was founded by the British on the humid banks of the Hooghly River in Bengal in 1690. Two centuries later, the city had grown into the most important trading center east of the Suez and remained the world's second most important economic hub (after London) until 1911, when the British moved their capital to Delhi.

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