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Architecture Marvels of Mumbai

11 April 2016

Ever wondered why are the real estate prices always on the upward trend in Mumbai? Well, this financial city of India, is a small world in itself, that attracts millions of Indians with dreams in their eyes. And it gives them the opportunity to fulfil those dreams! Besides the opportunities, it makes it worthwhile to have your own place in Mumbai, a city that celebrates life with full energy as if there was no tomorrow. And this energy is not just restricted to people of Mumbai, but, is also reflected in the numerous architectural marvels present all across Mumbai.

The best part about Mumbai’s architecture is that it has something in it, to attract culturally and religiously diverse people. So, which are the architectural spectacles of Mumbai that make you go ‘WOW’? Let’s have a look below:

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

The British left India in 1947, but, left behind some absolute gems. And this building was one of them. The structure design and development was completed by Britishers in 1887, by taking influence from Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival architecture and traditional Mughal buildings. Since it was constructed to commemorate the golden jubilee of Queen Victoria, it was earlier known as ‘Victoria Terminus’. At the time of its construction, this was the largest erected building in Asia.

Even today it does enthral you with its sheer grandeur – be it the inner dome structure, flora-fauna on every pillar, or the cathedral-type arches. No wonder this headquarters of Central Railways in Mumbai, has now become a UNESCO world heritage site.

Gateway of India

This iconic structure has sort of become a ‘Gate’ or ‘Entrance’ to Mumbai from the sea (as the name suggests). It is strategically located besides the famous Taj Hotel on one side, and the Arabian sea, on the other. The Indo-Sarcenic architectural style of this marvel, that is made up of basalt rock, make it a visual treat.

Bandra-Worli Sea Link

For Mumbaikars, this was one wonderful bridge that took years and years to be built. Once the bridge was ready, people realized how good it is, not just in terms of improving connectivity between Mumbai western suburbs and South Mumbai, but also, from the design point of view. It is a modern architectural marvel, that depicts how stupendous human efforts managed to overcome all the obstacles posed by nature in a highly successful manner.

The fact that it has now encouraged more people to buy homes in the western suburbs of Mumbai, without worrying about the travel time to Worli or other areas in the townside, is an evidence of the strategical importance of this ‘link’.

Spiritual Structures

If one has to understand how culturally and religiously diverse Indians are, one need not look beyond Mumbai. Over the years, this beautiful city has embraced everyone regardless of their caste, creed, religion, etc. Any Indian is likely to be amazed by the variety of spiritual and architectural marvels that this city has. The best part is most of these are visited by Mumbaikars, irrespective of their faith and religion.

Siddhivinayak Temple

This beautiful home of the ‘Vignaharta’ (Lord Ganesha) lies right in the centre of Mumbai, at Prabhadevi. It was constructed way back in 1801, using a dome-shaped brick ‘Shikhara’.

Haji Ali

This island dargah located in the middle of the sea, with a bridge connecting to it, increases the charm of the Mumbai sea face.

Mount Mary Church

This Bandra church was magnificently constructed in a semi-Gothic style, at a time when Bandra was an island.

Walkeshwar Jain Temple

This 100+ years old temple has an architecture and interior design that make you feel as if it has been constructed just a few years back. Its USP lies in the carved sculptures and the Zodiac dome.

Pagoda

This large dome structure has been created with more than 2.5 tonnes of stone, during the modern times. This peaceful marvel (that can be visited on your route to Essel World amusement park) is bound to leave you spellbound. And the engineers responsible for this amazing structure claim that it would stay intact for atleast another 1000 years.

There are many many more such architectural marvels (like Flora fountain, Taj Palace Hotel, Elephanta caves, Town Hall, Kanhari Caves, Nehru Planetarium, Rajabai Clock Tower, etc.) spread across the length and breadth of Mumbai. They serve as oxygen for the highly energetic people living in this city. And they indeed make this city even more worthy living in!

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