Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai
State : Maharshtra
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus was earlier known by its very British
Victoria Terminus or VT. It is one of the major links of the on
the Mumbai suburban railway network. It was completed in 1888. It
is an outstanding example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture
in India blended with themes deriving from Indian traditional architecture.
The building became the symbol of Bombay as the ' Gothic City' and
the major international mercantile port of India. The remarkable
stone dome, turrets, pointed arches and eccentric ground plan are
a true replica of the traditional Indian Palace architecture. The
meeting of two cultures is well witnessed in the architecture of
the terminus. It is one of the busiest railway stations in India.
On July 2, 2004 the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus was nominated as
a World Heritage Site by the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO.
It is one of the glories of Mumbai
• It was based on a design by FW Stevens.
• The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is the starting point of the Central
• The station stands as an example of 19th century railway architectural
marvels for its advanced structural and technical solutions.
• St Pancras station in London bears some resemblance to Victoria
• It took around ten years in the completion of the Chhatrapati Shivaji
• In the year 1996, in response to the demands of Shiv Sena and in
keeping with the policy of renaming locations with Indian names,
the state government renamed the station after Chhhatrapati Shivaji,
a famed 17th century Maratha king.