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The Marina Beach is a beach situated along a 12 km shoreline in Chennai. The beach begins near Fort St. George in the north to Besant Nagar in the south. Although many locals claim the Marina to be the world's longest (or second longest) beach, there exist in fact several longer beaches, including Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh, Ninety Mile Beach in Australia and Ninety Mile Beach in New Zealand.
Statues Along MarinaRobert Caldwell, Constanzo Beschi (Veerama Munivar), Triumph of Labour Statue, Kannagi, Subramaniya Barathiyar, Subhash Chandra Bose, George Uglow Pope, Thiruvalluvar, Annie Besant, Bharathidasan, Sivaji Ganesan, Mahatma Gandhi, Kamarajar, M. G. Ramachandran, Avvaiyar, Thanthai Periyar
Institutions, historical buildings and monumentsVictoria War Memorial, Anna Memorial, MGR Memorial, University of Madras Chepauk Campus, Public Works Department, Presidency College, University of Madras Marina Campus, Vivekananda House, Lady Wellington School, Queen Marys College, Inspector General of Police Headquarters, Forensic Science Department, All India Radio, Chennai and Light House. The great monk Swami Vivekananda stayed for nine days in 1897 in the Vivekananda House (formerly known as the Ice House).
Railway Stations Alongside the BeachChepauk Railway Station
Thiruvallikeni Railway Station
Light House Railway Station
A swimming pool is also located near the Kannagi Statue.
Marina Beach in 1890
There was a stage called "Seerani Arangam" which was used by religious groups and political parties to address gatherings. This was demolished by the government of under the Chief Ministership of Ms. Jayalalitha in order to modernise the beach. This created a great controversy.
Kannagi statue was demolished as a part of the modernisation of the beach, which led to huge protest and demonstration by the opposition DMK party and later when the DMK came to power, the statue was installed in the same place by the DMK party chief M. Karunanidhi.