Classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station was inaugurated in 1887, the anniversary of the 50-year reign (Golden Jubilee) of the Queen and Empress of India, Victoria. It symbolises the merger of Indian architecture and Gothic Revival architecture adopted by the British in the late 19th century. Thus, while the models of the Italian late Middle Ages inspire the overall design, the stone dome, turrets, and eccentric ground plan are close to those of traditional Indian palaces. This eclectic mix is the result of the design and vision of the British architectural engineer, F.W. Stevens, the high priest of Indian Gothic, who had the brilliant idea of wanting to create a style unique to Bombay by integrating Indian architectural tradition and using the talents of local artisans. Inside, pay particular attention to the sculpted wood, sumptuous ironwork, and ceramics. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was the great Maharaja of the Maratha Empire of the 17th century who broke the yoke of Muslim, Mughal, and Portuguese power.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus