Fast facts about Victoria Terminus in Mumbai
When it was built: 1888
By whom it was built: Government of India
Nature of the building: Railway Station
History of Victoria Terminus in Mumbai
Victoria Terminus in Mumbai was modeled on St Pancras Station
in London. Mr Frederick William Stevens, an architect designed
the railway station in Mumbai in 1887-88 at a cost of Rs16.14
lakh. Later Stevens, went to Europe for 10 months so that he
could study the railway stations across the European countris
in detail. Victoria Terminus was completed in 10 years, named
to honor Queen Victoria and then opened to all. Only recently
in 1996, it was renamed after Chhatrapati Shivaji, a famous
Maratha king of 17th century y the state government of Maharashtra.
Features of Victoria Terminus in Mumbai
- Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is popularly known by
its acronym VT. Being the headquarters of the Central Railways
in India, it is the western-most end point of the division and
also the southern end point of the central and harbor lines
of Mumbai's metropolitan rail transport system.
- Long distance trains as well as suburban trains on
the main line and the harbour line operate from this station.
- A blend of Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival architecture
and traditional Indian architecture-is displayed by the wood
carving, tiles, ornamental iron and brass railings, grills and
balustrades in the station
- It showcases advanced technical and structural designs
- There is a statue of Queen Victoria on the dome of
- The first steam train in India-- from Mumbai to Thane
was flagged off from here in 1853.
Don't Miss in Victoria Terminus in Mumbai
Don't miss out the architectural splendor showcased by the
station as you reach Victoria Terminus in Mumbai. A High Victorian
Gothic design based on late medieval Italian models blended
with stone dome, turrets, pointed arches and eccentric ground-features
of traditional Indian palace architecture, created a new style
of architecture in Mumbai
Trivia on Victoria Terminus in Mumbai
You will find Victoria Terminus in Mumbai on the UNESCO World
Heritage List as it was incorporated on July 2, 2004
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