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About Ripon Building

The Ripon Building is an iconic landmark of Chennai. The seat of the Chennai Corporation in Tamil Nadu, this all-white building is a beautiful example of Neoclassical style of architecture, a fine combination of Gothic, Ionic and Corinthian. Located in the heart of Chennai near the Chennai Central railway station, it was built in 1913 and is named after Lord Ripon, the then Governor-General of British India. The building is rectangular in shape and has a central tower that is adorned with a chiming clock about 8.2 feet in diameter, which is one of the main attractions of the building. The clock is a mechanical one and needs to be wound every day. There are also four bells that form a part of this three-storey building. The flooring on the ground floor is now done in marble, though it was originally Cuddapah Slate.

Pro Tip: You can enter the premises but are not allowed inside the building.

Highlights

  • Best Time to Visit Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Facilities Food stalls, Washrooms
  • Recommended Hours Min. 1 hour
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Family
  • Not Allowed Pets
  • Closed On Thursdays Saturdays And Sundays
  • Allowed Camera, Video, Footwear

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