One of the historical landmarks of the city, exuding a colonial era charm, the La Martinière College is a gorgeous  structure. Established in 1845, it was founded in accordance with the will of Major General Claude Martin. The French-born founder died in Lucknow on September 13, 1800, and the day of his death is observed as Founder's Day. He was buried in the basement below La Martinière Memorial Hall. 

The college has a rich history and it was affected by the First War of Independence in 1857. It was forfeited to the British occupation and the principal stocked provisions in order to defend the school. 

The admission to this college is eagerly sought; it has produced soldiers, sailors and airmen who have played major roles in the two World Wars and in the wars of Independent India over the span of one and a half centuries. Undoubtedly, the rich history of the school warrants a visit to the place.

La Martinière has two main campuses – the Junior School Campus houses the pre-school and junior classes in three blocks, while the Constantia Campus has the middle and senior classes, along with the living quarters of the resident scholars and staff. The two buildings are separated by a lush golf course. The Blue Room, the famed reception hall of the college, contains a large portrait of the founder. The chapel and library are stellar examples of Victorian architecture, with ornate ceilings and stained glass windows respectively.  

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