The iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus building is oblivious to the crowds of people who pass through its halls each day as it stands tall and imposing in the center of Mumbai. With roughly 30 lakh commuters passing through it daily, the storied and iconic railway station is quite literally the city's nerve center. This scene perfectly contrasts the past and present as a sea of people scramble to board their designated local train within these historic walls. • The CST's turrets, stained-glass windows, and domes each have a unique story to tell: This Victorian Gothic building, with its domes signifying the Indian influence, was designed by renowned British architect F.W. Stevens and took a good ten years to construct. The central dome of the CST, which also houses a heritage room, is its shining achievement. Lockwood Kipling, a professor at the Sir JJ School of Arts and the father of renowned British-Indian author Rudyard Kipling, created many gargoyles and carvings. This enormous structure's construction cost a staggering 260,000 pounds even in the 19th century. • Learn about the social and national, cultural and artistic significance rendered by it: This building has continued to serve the same purpose since it was constructed as the Central Railway's administrative center, which distinguishes it from many other historic structures. Therefore, it should be no surprise that the CST, which is so significant in terms of history, architecture, and culture, was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2004. Being included on the prestigious UNESCO list has raised awareness of the need to preserve such historical structures and started extensive restoration work. • Explore the neighborhood: The CST is undoubtedly one of Mumbai's most iconic structures, but the Raj left behind other equally impressive structures that have endured the test of time alongside the CST. Another design by F.W. Stevens, the Bombay Municipal Corporation Building, is direct across from the train station and is elaborately decorated with carvings and gargoyles. The building houses The Times of India, Mumbai's oldest newspaper, next to this one. Over the years, The Times of India building has hosted many luminaries, including heads of state and movie stars. • Check out The Fire Temple The agiary, also known as the Parsi fire temple, is a place of worship. Fire is a crucial component in the ceremonies here because, according to Zoroastrians, fire symbolizes God's light and wisdom. P.S. Although non-Parsis are not permitted inside the temple, it is well worth the visit to see the agiary façade. And perhaps take a few photos for Instagram! • In Mumbai's Marine Lines, visit Fashion Street to shop: You will arrive at this well-known street-shopping hub in South Mumbai as you make your way along CST toward Marine Lines; no matter what day of the day, this area is constantly bustling. We encourage you to drop by and look through the assortment of clothing and accessories. • Visit Crawford Market: A trip to Crawford Market is highly advised if you enjoy collecting antique and vintage items. Additionally, you can shop here to get your hands on quirky furnishings, affordable cosmetics, fresh produce, and even one-of-a-kind decorative items. They also have intriguing shops where you can buy old movie posters. Please take advantage of their unique line of pottery. The market's Lohar Chawl is well known for its distinctive lights and lanterns. • Follow the Bombay High Court around: As you make your way toward Colaba, you'll cross the boundaries of the Bombay High Court, a great property with old colonial architecture tucked between trees and greenery. Additionally, the best way to discover CST and the surrounding areas is by foot to truly experience this city and its magnificent architecture.
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