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Napier bridge

The Napier bridge is named after Baron Napier of Magdala, who was Governor of Madras Presidency, built the iron bridge across River Cooum in 1869. A new bridge was built in 1999 with a 10.5meters wide carriageway on the western side. The eastern side carriageway is 9.75 metre in width.

Napier bridge, one of the city's oldest bridges, is all set for a stunning makeover once the sun goes down .

Looked at from a distance, it will appear as if the bridge is floating on the water. This effect is being created with special lights beneath the bridge.

Hotel Dasaprakash

The Story of Shri K. Seetharama Rao is vitally linked with the life and spirit divine of his illustrious father, Bhakta Shri Govinda Dasa. The history of Dasaprakash is the history of its founder Shri K.Seetharama Rao himself, who has become famous as the Proprietor of the Dasaprakash Group of Hotels in South India in the world of business, and as the Bhakta of Bhaktas in the world of spiritualism.

Victory War Memorial

The Victory War Memorial earlier known as Cupid’s bow is located to the south of Fort St. George and marks the beginning of the 13-km-long Marina beach was initially built to commemorate the victory of the allied armies during the World War I. It was later called the victory war memorial for the World War II in the memory of those who laid down their lives and hailed from the Madras Presidency.

It is a circular rock and marble structure built in the area that formerly housed the coastal belfry.

The nostalgic SapphireTheatre

Veecumsee’s developed the first multi-theatre cinema complex in the country — the Sapphire — and it was opened to public in 1964. The complex housed three screens — Sapphire, and two smaller theatres; Emerald and Blue Diamond and there was also a small preview theatre. All of this at a fabulous location on Anna Salai (then Mount Road) near the Gemini Flyover (those days a major intersection with signals).

Madraspatnam & Chennapatnam

The occurrence of the term Srirangarayapatnam, my town, in the cowle given by Sriranga Raya in 1645, introduces an element of confusion with regard to the origin of the names Madraspatnam and Chennapatnam.There was a view which had been prevalent ever since Walter Hamilton published his valuable account of India in 1820 that, at the time of the foundation of Madras, Sriranga Raya insisted that the settlement should be named after him as Srirangarayapatnam, but that his purpose was defeated by the local Nayak who managed to get it called after his own father, Chennappa.

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