The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai is a piece of brilliance and I was filled with awe at the sight of it.
Description: Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) was the first railway station built in Mumbai. It took 10 long years to build the terminus (1878 -1888). It was named after the then reigning Queen and was called as Victoria Terminus ( VT) , in 1996 it was renamed in honour of Great King Chhatrapati Shivaji, the 17th-century king, founder of the Maratha Empire.
Its architecture bears some similarity to St Pancras railway station in London. The station building is designed in Victorian Gothic style of architecture and reveals a fusion of inspirations from Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival and traditional Indian architecture. The centrally domed office structure has a C-shaped plan which is symmetrical on an east-west axis and has a 330 feet long platform connected to a 1,200 feet long train shed and this outlines the exterior layout of the building.
The Snapshots of the Remarkable Building:
On my way to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
In its natural essence
On the exterior there are statues representing Commerce, Agriculture, Engineering and Science.
It is crowned by a high central dome, which is the focal point.
The dome of dovetailed ribs built without centering was considered as a novel achievement of the era, it’s an octagonal ribbed structure with a colossal female figure symbolizing progress – holding a torch pointing upwards in her right hand and a spoked wheel in her left hand.
The city of Mumbai, a union of seven islands, is situated on the Arabian Sea coast of India and it’s abundant with elegant features.