"Town Hall - Asiatic Library" Town Hall - Asiatic Society Library Tip by ashishashar

 
 

With its old parquet floors, spiral staircases, wrought iron loggias, and exquisite marble statues of forgotten city fathers, the colonnaded Town Hall is perhaps the most regal and elegant of Mumbai's heritage buildings. It houses the Asiatic Society, a library with a collection of 800,000 antique volumes. One of them is a priceless first edition copy of Dante's 'Inferno.' There is also an impressive numismatic collection of over 1,000 ancient coins and a rare gold mohur belonging to the Mughal Emperor Akbar. You need permission to look at these treasures, but the public library is open to all and usually draws a large number of senior citizens who pore over the local newspapers in the fading grandeur of its reading room.

Address: Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Fort,
Directions: Opposite Horniman Circle
Phone: +91 22 22665139
Website: http://www.mumbai.org.uk/tourist-attractions/town-hall.html

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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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