Chhatrapati Shivaji Station (Victoria Terminus)
India, Mumbai

Chhatrapati Shivaji Station, former Victoria Terminus, is a historic train station in the Indian city of Mumbai. This station is considered the most beautiful colonial building in Asia and is still one of the busiest transport hubs. The station operates 24 hours a day, sending millions of people on trains every month. The station building is a magnificent and even pompous combination of neo-Gothic architecture, traditional for the Victorian period, with motives of the Indo-Saracen style. The majestic stone dome, pointed pedestals, lancet arches and a sophisticated floor plan make it look more like a medieval English castle than a train station. Neat turrets are a kind of frame for the central dome, the top of which is crowned with a statue of a woman symbolizing progress. She holds a torch in one hand and a wheel in the other. The building is also decorated with several statues dedicated to trade, agriculture, science and technology. The columns of the central gate are decorated with figures of a lion and a tiger, which personify Great Britain and India. The central part of the station is occupied by a courtyard, which can be reached directly from the street.
The interior of the building makes no less impression than the facade - decorations from wooden carved elements, iron and copper railings of the main staircase with a balustrade, decorative tiles on the floor. The construction of the building, designed by the English architect Frederick William Stevenson, lasted ten years from 1878 to 1888. Initially, the station was named after Queen Victoria, but in 1996, like Mumbai International Airport, it was renamed in honor of the national hero of India, Chhatrapati Shivaji. The station is a symbol of Mumbai, as the main international trading port of India. In 2004, Victoria Station was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is also noteworthy that it was here that the Oscar-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire" was shot in 2008.

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