And now that I have your attention!
If you’ve been to Mumbai, you’ve seen Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. Hell, if you’ve seen Slumdog Millionaire, you’ve seen Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. Originally Victoria Terminus, the sprawling, spectacularly ostentatious train station and UNESCO world heritage site was designed by architect Frederick William Stevens and built in 1887. It is a a fine example of Indo-Saracenic Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival (phew!) architecture and is Bombay’s most iconic building.
Though CST houses 18 railway platforms, and is largely accessible (it has to be as footfalls each day exceed 4 million), these are the interiors of the building you probably haven’t seen. Last year writer Pronoti Datta and I took a tour of the Central Railway headquarters for this short Mumbai Boss piece. The daily heritage walks organised by the Central Railways and the architecture students from the Sir JJ School of Art are a Bombay must-do (when they’re offered) and will take you through the railway museum, the dining hall, to the clock cupboard above CST's local train ticket counter (pictured below) and up the incredible stairway to see the marvellous dome in all its stained glass glory. These are some of my other pictures from the tour. Let me know what you think! And also let me know just where that statue of Queen Vic disappeared to!