Medieval Castle or Railway Station?

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    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.

    Rachel Tapley, Scott Foy, and 51 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Kelsana 95 months ago | reply

      incredible architecture

    2. MightyBoyBrian 95 months ago | reply

      That building is beautiful.

    3. minox_mania 95 months ago | reply

      fantastic light

    4. rj-photo 95 months ago | reply

      The light and sky really set off and accent that gorgeous structure!

    5. bindifry 94 months ago | reply

      great shot of one of my favorite buildings in mumbai

    6. zphoto 94 months ago | reply

      beautiful shot

    7. lilith penguin 94 months ago | reply

      I don't know how I missed this before in your photostream. Absolutely incredible!

      Seen on your photo stream. (?)

    8. Embra 93 months ago | reply

      Ah, I love VT! I was in Mumbai last year, and it was my girlfriend's first time in Indai. Being able to get amazing chai and a dosa inside a gothic masterpiece like VT was one of the highlights for both of us!

    9. drona 93 months ago | reply

      Beautiful capture. Great time of the year to shoot this picture with the sun setting in the west throwing the glow on the building. I wasn't so lucky. But I did capture the crowds below (including the ubiquitous BEST bus and the yellow and black taxi). :) I like your composition better.

    10. shamitsnaps 93 months ago | reply

      Goos snap... looks almost like HDR

    11. Anindo Ghosh 92 months ago | reply

      This photo is one of my top ten most visited images! Thanks, everyone!

    12. ManaliH 91 months ago | reply

      beautiful shot!

    13. ih1001 [deleted] 84 months ago | reply

      Great shot Anindo, used to work at the Times building but perhaps never saw VT in such majestic colours. Today is the first time i am going though your collection and am throughly impressed by it. Great work!

    14. peter.l 84 months ago | reply

      Amazing building!

      **Seen in My Camera's Eye**

    15. Humayunn Niaz Ahmed Peerzaada 72 months ago | reply

      amazing perspective ... not many shoot this angle of this beautiful structure ... doesn't look like our VT

    16. MoonDanze 31 months ago | reply

      Impressive railroad station! So artistic and so pleasant to look at! It nourishes the soul!

    17. Richard G. Hilsden 13 months ago | reply

      Thank you for adding this to World Railway Stations of Today

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