Victorian Gothic in Mumbai & The Hastings Memorial

I have put a selection of images on apparitions_art instagram

This is triggered in front of the city’s main railway station of Chhatrapati Shivaji, once known as the Victoria Terminus, designed by the architect FW Stevens and built over 10 years to open in 1887. Hastings’ (Prince Albert) Memorial Clocktower was designed by Edward Heffer of Liverpool and erected in 1862, completed in 1864 with the 4 sided clock faces.

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It was very hard to see the screen in the sun when trying to view the augmented reality model to take the photos, I managed to make a small video of the atmosphere also.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus) building could be the most emblematic of Mumbai because more than three million of the city’s residents rush through its portals every day. 

The favoured aesthetic was the gothic revival that was then fashionable in England, but architects and builders in Bombay had to work with Indian craftsmen, material, motifs and climate. The result was a style that has been called, among other things, “Bombay Gothic”.

From the outside, it looks far more imposing that its three storeys for its profusion of spires, turrets, domes and gables. Close up, the building is heavily ornamented with floral and animal patterns. The grand, modern identity the British sought for their colonial cities must have been evident in this cathedral that enshrined the power of steam locomotion. Above the central dome of the station is a personification of the whole affair, a 14-foot-tall statue of Progress.