Situated in the neighborhood that goes by the same name, Alipore Jail is one of the most historically important landmarks in the city. During the British rule it was the site where many Indian political leaders and reformists were held captive by the East India Company. Reformists from the Indian Independence Movement like Jawahar Lal Nehru, Subhash Chandra Bose and Sri Aurobindo were the most notable inmates of the prison. Sri Aurobindo who was also a noted philosopher, poet and yogi spent a year in the prison when he penned a few poems and later, wrote articles detailing his experience as a prisoner in Alipore Jail. Started in 1910, this brick red facade has been witness to India's freedom struggle and remains operational as a corrective facility today. Needless to say, the area around this prison is heavily guarded and photography is strictly prohibited. Located close by are the Agri-Horticultural Gardens, National Library and the Kolkata Zoo.