130 Years of Indian Railways Iconic Station: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Building (Download PDF)

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Pride of Indian Railways Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus has completed 130 years. It is Central Railways’ current headquarters building, popularly known as Victoria Terminus.

Image of Railways Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus

Image of Railways Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus

Image of Railways Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus

Details on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus

  • In 2004, UNESCO had enlisted this as World Heritage Site for its architectural splendour. From December 2012, this heritage building is open for public view on working days.

  • Originally planned as office of GIP (Great Indian Peninsular) Railway.

  • Most photographed building after Taj Mahal, & was designed by Frederick William Stevens, consulting architect.

  • It took almost decade to build it at sum of Rs. 16, 13, 863.

  • Iconic railway station completed 130 years on 20th May.

  • Terminus was largest building in Asia then & even today it is a standing testimony of Stevens’ innovative talent.

  • Railway station was constructed w/6 platforms at cost of Rs. 10.4 lakh in 1929, today it has 18 platforms w/spacious east side entry as well.

  • Construction started in 1878, it was named after Queen Empress Victoria. Later in 1996, it was renamed as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus & Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in July 2017.

  • During its 125th anniversary in 2013, special postal cover was released. Postal stamp was released during 100th anniversary celebrations of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus building.

Image of Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Architecture

Image of Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Architecture

Image of Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Architecture

Details of Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Architecture

  • Shivaji Maharaj Terminus was designed in Gothic style adapted to suit Indian context.

  • It is C shaped building & crowning point of whole building is central main dome carrying up colossal 16’-6’’ high figure of lady pointing flaming torch upwards in her right hand, & spoked wheel low in left hand, symbolising `Progress’.

  • Dome is reported to be 1st octagonal ribbed masonry dome that adapted to Italian Gothic style building.

- Published/Last Modified on: June 21, 2018

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