"Colonnial Bombay" Architecture Tip by Willettsworld

Architecture, Mumbai: 8 reviews and 18 photos

  Victoria Terminus
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  • Victoria Terminus - Mumbai
      Victoria Terminus
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  • Prince of Wales Museum - Mumbai
      Prince of Wales Museum
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  • Elphinstone College - Mumbai
      Elphinstone College
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  • Rajabai Clock Tower - Mumbai
      Rajabai Clock Tower
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  • Town Hall - Mumbai
      Town Hall
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As Mumbai was once one of the British Raj's most important stronghold's, it features some beautiful Raj-era colonnial buildings which still look good and dominate the city today. After visiting Kolkata, which also has some nice colonnial buildings but are in dire need of renovation, I have to say that Mumbai has the best buildings built under British rule. Most of Mumbai's colonnial buildings are located in the Fort area of the city, just north of the Gateway of India. The most famous of these is the Victoria Terminus which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's one, if not the, most impressive Victorian Gothic buildings in India. Other notable buildings include the Prince of Wales Museum designed in grand Indo-Saracenic style by George Wittet to commemorate King George V's first visit to India in 1905. Opposite the museum lies the huge ediface of Elphinstone College built in 1824 and next door to this lie the David Sassoon Library, Army & Navy Buildings and the former Watson's Hotel. Across the road from these lies Bombay University with its landmark Rajabai Clock Tower and the High Court. Across the green strip of land known as The Oval, lie several glorious Art Deco buildings from the 1930's and 40's which are the best in India. Another Art Deco building, the Regal Cinema, is located across the Wellington Fountain from the Prince of Wales Museum. I spent a whole morning going around this district of Mumbai and loved seeing these buildings as I'm a bit of an architecture fan. More photo's can be found in one of my travelogues.

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  • Written Dec 16, 2007
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