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Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai


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Fast Facts

CST - Mumbai was designed by Frederick William Stevens. CST - Mumbai was renamed by the state government after Chhatrapati Shivaji, a famed 17th century Maratha king. The station was nominated a World Heritage Site by the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO on July 2, 2004.

Did You Know
Did You Know

CST - Mumbai is the second most photographed monument in India after the Taj Mahal.

Must Do
Must Do

Witness the Victorian Gothic style of architecture- the wood carving, tiles, ornamental iron and brass railings, grills for the ticket offices, the balustrades for the grand staircases and other ornaments of the 19th century railway terminal.

Introduction

CST - Mumbai or Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus was earlier known as Victoria Terminus. This historic railway station in Mumbai serves as the headquarters of the Central Railways. CST - Mumbai in Maharashtra, one of the busiest railway stations in the country, serves Central Railway trains terminating in Mumbai and the Mumbai suburban railway.

CST - Mumbai in Maharashtra India was designed by Frederick William Stevens. He was a consulting architect in 1887-1888. He earned a sum of 16.14 lakh rupees to build the terminus and the commission to construct the station. William Stevens went on a t trip to Europe and made a detailed study of the stations for 10 months. The final design of CST - Mumbai bears some similarity to St Pancras station in London.

The terminus at Mumbai was completed in ten years and was named "Victoria Terminus" in honor of the Queen and Empress Victoria. It was made headquarter of the great Indian Peninsular Railway from 1878.

In 1996, Bombay VT was renamed as Chhatrapati Shivaji, after the name of the 17th century Maratha king. During that time, the Shiv Sena, in keeping with the policy of renaming locations with Indian names, made the state government change its name. Later on July 2, 2004 Bombay VT was nominated a World Heritage Site by the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO.

CST - Mumbai is a must visit for those traveling to Mumbai. One should not miss to witness the Victorian Gothic style of architecture. You can witness the splendid fusion of influences from Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival architecture and traditional Indian architecture. The students at the Bombay School of Art have marvelously displayed their ornamental iron and brass railings, wood carving, tiles, grills for the ticket offices, the balustrades for the grand staircases and other ornaments.

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