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Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus)
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 1878-1888
Date of Inscription: 2004
Location: Asia, India, Maharashtra State, City of Mumbai
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Description: The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, previously known as Victoria Terminus in Mumbai, is an exceptional example of an Indian take on Victorian Gothic Revival architecture, where it blends with themes that stem from Indian traditional architecture. British architect’s F.W. Stevens’ designed building became the symbol of Bombay-the major international mercantile port of India-portraying it as the ‘Gothic City’. With construction beginning in 1878, the terminal was built over a period of ten years keeping in line with a High Victorian Gothic design rooted in late medieval Italian models. Elements that are reminiscent of traditional Indian palace architecture are: the remarkable stone dome, turrets, pointed arches, and eccentric ground plan. The site is an outstanding example of the encounter of two cultures; British architects collaborated with Indian craftsmen to incorporate Indian architectural tradition and idioms, thus fashioning a new style unique to Bombay. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
  Terminus (Marathi:छत्रपती शिवाजी टर्मिनस)(formerly Victoria Terminus), better known by its abbreviation CST or VT, is an historic railway station on the Mumbai suburban railway, also serving some long-distance trains. It is headquarters of the Central Railways in India and is one of the busiest railway stations in India. On July 2, 2004 the station was nominated a World Heritage Site by the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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