Formerly called Victoria Terminus Station, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is an exceptional example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture in India. Mumbai takes great pride in being home to this spectacular landmark, which is merged with themes obtained from traditional architecture of the country.
Officially known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, it was designed by the British architect F.W. Stevens. It held its pride by becoming the symbol of Mumbai (then, called Bombay). Completed in 1887 (during the Days of the Raj), it was renamed again in 2017, after having changed to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) in 1998. However, it is still better known to locals as VT.
The most compelling and stunningly beautiful railway station is truly a masterpiece in every sense of the word. Loaded with Gothic architecture and stained-glass windows, domed arches, and soaring spires are testimony to the fact why this railway station is known for its magnificence wrapped in every corner.
Architecture of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
The fabulous structure of The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus deserves to be a given a touch of discovery by those who have a weakness for history. It took a decade (10 years) to complete the railway station and was opened to the Golden Jubilee of the Queen in 1887. At the time, this building was the costliest structure in town costing 260,000 Sterling Pounds.
The entrance of this awe-inspiring structure is bordered by figure of two fierce animals – a lion and a tiger. These beasts symbolize Great Britain and India. Not only the style, but also the embellishment of the structure is a fine amalgamation of the Indian and European culture.