VICTORIA TERMINUS MUMBAI
The station building, built in 1888, is a magnificent and ethereal building designed in the Venetian Gothic style of architecture. The building exhibits a fusion of influences from Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival architecture and traditional Indian architecture. Internally, the wood carving, tiles, ornamental iron and brass railings, grills for the ticket offices, the balustrades for the grand staircases and other ornaments were the work of students at the Bombay School of Art. The station stands as an example of 19th century railway architectural marvels for its advanced structural and technical solutions.
The station was designed by Frederick William Stevens, a consulting architect in 1887-1888 for a princely sum of 16.14 lakhs in those days. Stevens earned the commission to construct the station after a masterpiece watercolour sketch by draughtsman Axel Herman. After earning the commission, Stevens went on a ten-month trip to Europe to make a detailed study of the stations there. St Pancras station in London bears some resemblance to Victoria Terminus.
It took 10 years to complete and was originally named "Victoria Terminus" in honour of the reigning Queen Victoria. In 1996, in response to demands by the Shiv Sena and in keeping with the policy of renaming locations with Indian names, the station was renamed by the state government after Chhatrapati Shivaji, a famed 17th century Maratha king.
This terminus is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites
I have posted a closer view in workshop
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siolaw (38074) 2007-01-08 11:13
a good night view of VT with nice lights and colors, good sharpness and correct framing and POV... i like the stars leaving a line as they move
devimeuxbe (58557) 2007-01-08 11:52
This a nice night capture. maybe the cropping could be better with more ground. However, the light is beautifull.
Have a nice day.
singuanti (15250) 2007-01-09 22:50
Hi Ramesh. I don't think I've ever seen such an exquisite train station. You get a classy and regal feel when taking in the architecture. My two suggestions would be to show more at the bottom and up the sharpness. I think the image quality and sharpness of the workshop gives it the nod as the better shot. But both are good though Ramesh. tfs!
Angshu (55035) 2007-01-11 22:45
Excellent take of this UNESCO heritage building..I like the wide angle view & the framing leaving lots of the dark sky to provide a brilliant contrast
- Copyright: Ramesh Lalwani (ramesh_lalwani) (3211)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-12-23
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), 18 - 55 mm EF-S 3.5:5.6
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/15 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): World Heritage Sites Part VIII [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-01-08 11:03