Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
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Time Required : Less than 1 hour
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Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus , Mumbai Overview
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), Mumbai, India is a building situated at the junction of two national highways that serve as one of the main railway stations in India. The building is one of the most prominent landmarks in Mumbai and has been described as “the largest colonial structure in Asia”. The terminal consists of four wings — two designed by Frederick William Stevens and Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin respectively and later joined by an additional wing built by British architects George Wittet and Alfred Barton Gore.
The terminus’s history began in 1878 with the construction of the Great Indian Peninsula Railway terminus. The first 22 years (1880-1902) of its life were spent in planning, designing, and constructing its building, at an estimated cost of more than one million pounds.
The term “Chhatrapati” is a form of address equivalent to “Maharaja” (literally great king) and was used as a title by the Kings of the Maratha Empire starting with Chatrapati Shivaji.