Thursday, 20 December 2012

945 IN - Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus) (2004)

Brief Description

"The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, formerly known as Victoria Terminus Station, in Mumbai, is an outstanding example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture in India, blended with themes deriving from Indian traditional architecture. The building, designed by the British architect F. W. Stevens, became the symbol of Bombay as the ‘Gothic City’ and the major international mercantile port of India. The terminal was built over 10 years, starting in 1878, according to a High Victorian Gothic design based on late medieval Italian models. Its remarkable stone dome, turrets, pointed arches and eccentric ground plan are close to traditional Indian palace architecture. It is an outstanding example of the meeting of two cultures, as British architects worked with Indian craftsmen to include Indian architectural tradition and idioms thus forging a new style unique to Bombay."

"贾特拉帕蒂·希瓦吉终点站旧名孟买的维多利亚终点站,是印度维多利亚时代哥特式复兴风格的建筑典范,融合了印度传统建筑的 主题。由英国建筑师F.W.Stevens设计的这座建筑成为孟买这个“哥特式城市”和印度重要的国际商业港口城市的象征。终点站根据中世纪晚期意大利模 式的哥特式设计建造,从1878年开始,历时十年以上。其引人注目的石头圆屋顶、塔楼、尖拱和不规则的地面设计, 都接近传统的印度宫殿建筑。英国建筑师和印度工匠相互协作,融合了印度的建筑传统和风格,形成了孟买独一无二的新风格,这是两种文化交汇的杰出典范。"
Source UNESCO WH website
Courtesy of seetas from postcrossing forum

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