Sunday, September 28, 2008

Architecture that blends the old and new of Mumbai

Historically one of Britain’s foremost imperial trading posts, Mumbai is graced with ornate Victorian architecture. With the help of our guide, Douglas, we saw how the British architects also incorporated local Hindu and Islamic themes into their Gothic and Italian influenced red brick structures.

This is apparent in the major buildings we visited: Victoria Terminus train station, Wilson College, Mumbai University, the Prince of Wales Museum, the Gateway of India, the Mumbai police headquarters, the Governor’s Palace, and the Taj Hotel.

Today, the skyline is undergoing a major revolution as more contemporary buildings, malls, and residential towers rise up – as a symbol of the emerging economic power that Mumbai and all of India represents.

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