The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, formerly known as Victoria Terminus in Mumbai, is an outstanding example of Victorian ... More
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, formerly known as Victoria Terminus in Mumbai, is an outstanding example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture in India, blended with themes deriving from Indian traditional architecture. The building, designed by the British architect F.W. Stevens, became the symbol of Bombay as the Gothic City and the major international mercantile port of India. The terminal was built over ten years starting in 1878 according to a High Victorian Gothic design based on late medieval Italian models. Its remarkable stone dome, turrets, pointed arches, and eccentric ground plan are close to traditional Indian palace architecture. It is an outstanding example of the meeting of two cultures as British architects worked with Indian craftsmen to include Indian architectural tradition and idioms forging a new style unique to Bombay.
The outside of the building is a wonderful piece of architecture and is well worth seeing, but don't waste you time to stop and go in -- it is realy nothing more than a grubby, over-crowded train station. There is nothing of any specific touristic interest inside, so just drive by (or get out and take some photographs from the sidewalk, if you like), and you will enjoy seeing the place; anything more will be a disappointment most likely.
Easily Mumbai's most popular landmark, this yellow basalt arch was built to commemorate the visit of King George V in
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