The Gothic Architecture of South Mumbai : Symbol of Queen Era

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Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus, a UNESCO world heritage site

Mumbai- The financial, commercial and entertainment capital of India. The most populus city of India, one of the biggest cosmopilon and metropoliton hub, Mumbai can also be called the symbol of Gothic and victorian architcture since it clearly reflects the history of British rule in India through its amazing monuments and heritage buildings.DSC_9652

It is located in the west coast of India and has a deep natural harbour. It constitutes of seven Islands which were initially in control of  successive indenigous empires. Islands were home to communities of fishing empires. Then came Portuguese followed by British East India Company. In 1661 King Charles II married the Portuguese Catherine of Braganza, seven islands  then went to King as a part of his wife’s dwory. With the construction of roads and railways Bombay had emerged out to be the main sea port on Arabian sea. In 1947, upon Independence day the city had been incorporated as Bombay state.DSC_9558

The architecture of the city is a blend of Gothic Revival, Indo-Saracenic, Art Deco, and other contemporary styles. Most of the buildings during the British period, such as the Victoria Terminus and Bombay University, were built in Gothic Revival style. DSC_9667Their architectural features include a variety of European influences such as German gables, Dutch roofs, Swiss timbering, Romance arches, Tudor casements, and traditional Indian features. Read more on wikipedia.DSC_9566

To preserve the glorious past and to conserve the city’s heritage structures, The Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee (MHCC) was established in 1995, Which formulates special regulations and by-laws. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus  In the south of Mumbai has been declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site.DSC_9562

There are colonial-era buildings and Soviet-style offices. On the West coast are former-textile mills being demolished and skyscrapers built on top. DSC_9565DSC_9589

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  1. Initially I thought I liked Delhi because for a period of time a few years ago, it was like my second home. I have many friends there and made frequent trips there due to work. But once I saw Mumbai last year, I changed my mind. Mumbai is a city which I love the atmosphere, people are more chilled and relaxed (compared to Delhi-lites hahah), the amazing Gothic and Art Deco architecture and safer. Hope one day I get to return to Mumbai again and explore the city in depth.

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