Fast facts about Gateway of India in Mumbai
When it was built: 1920
By whom it was built: Government of India
Nature of the building: Gateway
History of Gateway of India in Mumbai
Gateway of India in Mumbai was built in the Indo-saracenic
style to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary
to Bombay in 1911. The design of George Wittet was sanctioned
by the Indian Government in 1914. The foundations of the project
that cost Rs 21 lakh, was complete in 1920. The Viceroy, Earl
of Reading inaugurated the gateway in Mumbai on December 4,
1924. However, the approach road to the gateway built from yellow
Kharodi basalt and concrete, could not be laid due to alleged
lack of funds and thus it stands in an angle on the road that
leads to it.
Features of Gateway of India in Mumbai
- Though built in the Indo-saracenic style, the gateway
imbibes local style of architecture as well as that of the Muslims
- The central dome of Gateway of India in Mumbai, is
48 feet in diameter and 83 feet high at the highest point.
- The whole harbour front was relaid so that it would
sweep down to the centre of the town.
- The gateway has four turrets and is designed with intricate
Don't Miss in Gateway of India in Mumbai
Don't forget to stop by the statues, one of Chhatrapatin Shivaji
and another of Swami Vivekhanda in the Gateway, which were installed
Trivia on Gateway of India in Mumbai
The First Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry, was the
last of the British troops, which left India after its Independence.
Incidentally, the troop while retreating, passed through the
gate in a ceremony on February 28, 1948 and even the last of
the British ships, set sail for England from Gateway of India
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