Medieval Castle or Railway Station?

At first glance it looks like a Gothic castle, perhaps preserved as a museum.


It isn't, though - this is Mumbai's impressive and very busy Victoria Terminus suburban railway station, or Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus as it has now been officially renamed. To the millions of daily commuters passing the portals of the station, one of Mumbai's foremost landmarks, it is simply known as VT.


The station was inaugurated in 1887 to commemorate the jubilee of Queen Victoria of Great Britain, though the construction continued through to 1898. The station was architected by Fredrick Williams Stevens, based on a watercolor sketch by Axel Herman. The building bears more than a passing resemblance to London's St. Pancras station.


In July 2004, Victoria Terminus was nominated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.


The onset of monsoons provided an opportune cloud cover against the sun, reducing the contrast to acceptable levels yet lighting the front of the building with a beautiful soft golden glow for this photo.


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Taken on May 21, 2006