Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

This world heritage site in Mumbai is a railway station, formerly called the Victoria Terminus. It is the busiest station in India and was built, as you might guess, by the British. It was formally opened in 1887 on Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee and subsequently becoming a symbol of the city’s status as a major trading port.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus - that's a statue of Progress on top of the central dome

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus – that’s a statue of Progress on top of the central dome

The architect, F. W. Stevens, designed a massive High Victorian Gothic pile, “based on late medieval Italian models”, according to UNESCO. It certainly has an impressive collection of twiddly bits, while anyone familiar with St Pancras station in London will probably have a twinge of deja vu.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

 

To this Victoriana were added aspects inspired by Indian palace architecture – the turrets, pointed arches and groundplan are cited in the UNESCO listing.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus - detail

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus – detail

Inside it has a reasonably ornate booking hall but beyond some decorative ironwork, the rest of the public interior didn’t appear that to have that much ornament. Much of the building is railway offices however, so I can’t answer for how that looks inside.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus - booking hall

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus – booking hall

The columns in the entrances at the front of each side wing have some lovely carvings of animals and plants.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus - carving on pillars

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus – carving on pillars

For the Lego model, I attempted to build something based on this facade of the north wing, which holds the booking office on the ground floor. It isn’t easy to get a clear photograph, so sorry about that.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

You’ll see that I’ve not bothered reproducing the big white modern sign. You will also notice that is is pretty crummy photograph. I had to venture up onto the roof of my hotel and balance the model on an air conditioning unit in front of the drying laundry in order to get it in the light of the sinking sun.

Lego Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

Lego Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

To make up for that picture, here’s a bonus extra one of stone monkeys on a column capital.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus - monkeys!

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus – monkeys!

 

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One Response to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

  1. drsnyc says:

    The background to the model (and the story of what the background is) seems strangely romantic.

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