Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (2004)
(formerly Victoria Terminus)
India

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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. 

  • India 1988. Victoria Station, Bombay (Mumbai). 

India 1988. Victoria Station in Bombay (Mumbai)

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. 

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Other World Heritage Sites in India (on this website). Inactive links are not described on postage stamps. Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, India-section, for further information on the individual properties. 

 

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