Maneesh Foto

Maneesh Foto

Posted on 03/16/2010

Photo taken on March 10, 2010

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The Gateway of India

The Gateway of India
The Gateway of India is the most famous monument of Mumbai and is the starting point for most tourists who want to explore the city. Located on the waterfront in South Mumbai, the Gateway is a basalt arch 26 metres high. It was built as a triumphal arch to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Bombay, prior to the Darbar in Delhi in December 1911. The British architect George Wittet, built the Gateway of India at Apollo Bunder, which was a common meeting place. The Gateway steps also lead down to the waterfront, where boat trips can be had to locations such as Elephanta Island.

The foundation stone of the Gateway of India was laid down by the then Governor of Bombay on March 31st 1911. The Gateway is built from yellow basalt and reinforced concrete. While Indo-Saracenic in architectural style, elements are derived from the Muslim architectural styles of 16th century Gujarat. The central dome is 15 metres in diameter and 26 metres above ground at its highest point and is joined with four turrets and intricate latticework carved on stones.

In the past Gateway of India used to be the arrival point for visitors from the west. Ironically, when the Raj ended in 1947, this colonial symbol also became a sort of epitaph: the last of the British ships that set sail for England left from the Gateway.

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