Mumbai’s Most Famous Building is Getting Ready to Party

Heritage Week at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus from July 2. | By NGT Staff  
The ceiling of the Star Chamber is one of the few in the building that has its original finish. Photo: Athul Prasad
The ceiling of the Star Chamber is one of the few in the building that has its original finish. Photo: Athul Prasad

This weekend, acquaint yourself with the sculpted owls, griffons, and brooding gargoyles that inhabit the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), through free heritage walks at one of India’s most breathtaking railway stations. The tours—conducted by noted architects such as Vikas Dilawari and students from the nearby J. J. School of Art—are part of a week-long festival to celebrate the anniversary of CST’s recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004.

In addition to the walks, visitors can participate in a quiz (to be hosted by Derek O’Brien) and attend panel discussions featuring Mumbai historian Rafique Baghdadi, a fount of information on the city. Plus, there are pop-up platform exhibits for commuters.

Between platforms 7 & 8, vintage drawings, plans and archival photos of the railway station from the architect of the building, F. W. Stevens, will be showcased. CST has a unique blend of architectural styles: The walls of the main administrative building have gothic stone carvings, its majestic dome has intricate stained glass panels, and the pillars on the platforms have wrought-iron metal detailing. But the most astounding thing about the structure, which was completed in 1888, is that it is visited by over thirty lakh people every single day.

To get more details about the festivities, click here. Details of the quiz and panel discussion are yet to be announced.

Still not convinced it’s worth your while? Take a virtual tour of the stunning railway station here.

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