Mumbai: Walking tour of Gothic & Art Deco buildings

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Story of Mumbai is an architecture walk about the evolution of a small fishing village into a global trading metropolis. We will walk past magnificent buildings built in Gothic & Art Deco style.

Highlights

  • Explore India's greatest Gothic monument and most photographed building at VT
  • Listen to the intriguing story of maternal love behind India's Big Ben
  • Discover Mumbai's best preserved Art Deco residence at Empress Court
  • Seep in the beauty of the historic Gateway of India with its colonial story

Description

We commence the tour at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, known as Victoria Terminus earlier. A UNESCO heritage building, CST is arguably the best example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture in India. What is remarkable is that the Gothic elements are blended with themes deriving from Indian traditional architecture. With more than 6 million daily commuters, CST is one of the busiest train stations in the world. We walk to Flora fountain passing the famous Sterling Cinema and Azad Maidan the venue for many memorable inter school cricket matches! Flora Fountain is the most famous fountain in Mumbai. Sculpted from Portland stone it has a magnificent statue of the Roman Goddess of flowers. It is dedicated to the people who died fighting for an independent state of Maharashtra. Eros Cinema is an cinema hall built in Art Deco style. It was built in 1938 by architect Sorabji Keikhushru Bhedwar. The internal decorations were done by Fritz von Dreiberg. The building resembles a wedding cake as it rises in tiers topped by a semi-circular tower. Next in the itinerary of our architecture walk in Mumbai is an impressive residential Art Deco building called Empress Court. Living in these Art Deco building used to be a symbol of status and wealth! The High court building of Mumbai is a splendid specimen of Gothic architecture. Designed by Col. JA Fuller the building is characterized by huge towers and broad staircases. Statues of Justice & Mercy on top of the building are an inspiration for law abiding citizens! Architecture walk in Mumbai- Rajabai Tower We next head to the Big Ben of Mumbai. Rajabai Tower located in the Mumbai University complex is often called the Big Ben of Mumbai. A UNESCO heritage site, Rajabai Tower is an important Revival-Gothic heritage building . This 125 years old structure is a blend of Gothic and Art Deco elements. In 1862, a Jewish banker named David Sassoon built a magnificent Gothic structure as a reading room and library. The library makes for a good afternoon jaunt, with a collection of 70,000 rare books. The Elphinston College is another remarkable Gothic structure in Mumbai. Established in 1856, the institution has provided alumni of the calibre of Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Dr BR Ambedkar and Jamshedji Tata. Regal Cinema was the first Art Deco style cinema hall in Mumbai. It was built in 1933. Regal Cinema building was designed by Charles Stevens whose father Frederick William Stevens designed Victoria Terminus, where we began this tour. We finish our Architecture tour in Mumbai at Gateway of India. It was built to welcome the arrival of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. The structure of this magnificent gateway is a triumphal arch, built predominantly in an Indo-Saracenic architectural style with some Muslim elements incorporated. On February 28, 1948, the last British troops passed through the Gateway of India in a ceremony signaling the end of British rule in India.

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  • Except Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Gateway of India, all other sites will be seen from outside.

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