Wednesday, October 15, 2008

ABC Wednesday - M for Museum!

Barely a stone's throw from the Gateway of India is the CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI MAHARAJ VASTU SANGRAHALAYA (Formerly known as: THE PRINCE OF WALES MUSEUM OF WESTERN INDIA), a magnificent structure, built in a confluence of Gothic and Moorish styles, and crowned by a sparkling white dome.
In the early years of the twentieth century, some prominent citizens of Bombay decided to set up a Museum with the help of the government to commemorate the visit of the Prince of Wales.
On March 1, 1907, the then government of Bombay handed over to the museum committee a spot of land known as the "Crescent Site", situated at the southern end of the present Mahatma Gandhi Road. After an open competition for the design, George Wittet was commissioned to design the Museum building in 1909.
The construction work was concluded in 1914, but the structure was converted to a military hospital for the period of World War I. The full-fledged museum was inaugurated by Lady Lloyd in 1923.
Its façade is made of yellow and blue stones, mined from the Bombay region. It has an assortment of details from different Indian styles like small spherical cupolas on towers, saracenic arches with Muslim jalis as fillers, semi-open verandahs and jharokhas (windows) of Rajputs. Its dome has been designed deliberately, so as to append variety in the skyline and make a landmark at ground level.

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20 comments:

  1. Fantastic photo and great choice for'M'.

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  2. Hi,
    Beautiful place and building.
    Great choice for M.
    Have a nice day.

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  3. That's a very great choice for this week! Very great looking museum! For sure inside was beautiful, too!

    My M entries are posted here and here. Please drop by if you have time. Thanks a lot!

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  4. l'architecture de se musée est magnifique, un petit tour a l'intérieur ?

    the architecture of the museum is beautiful, has a walk inside?

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  5. A beautiful building and a fascinating story...thanks!

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  6. Extraordinary confluence - gothic and moorish. It seems to work, imposing.
    We needed a new motor an this was the best we could afford - and it did eveything the Eight would do.

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  7. For some reason I find Prince of Wales easier to say than the present name!! I bet it doesn't sound half as musical, though!

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  8. M for Moorish styled building at Mahatma G´s road handed over in March for the purpose of being a Museum
    Great choise

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  9. Wonderfu. And thanks for the history. That is quite a slice of colonial and independent history there.

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  10. A great picture and an equally good writing accompanying it!

    Cheers

    Rakesh
    http://almostsunday.blogspot.com

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  11. This is a fascinating building and its history is interesting. Great post! Thanks for your visit.

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  12. A fine choice for M, not to mention an interesting history.

    In response to your question, the Musicians are not paid by the Métro, but depend on donations from patrons of the étro. For this group, "Louis" chipped in ten Euros. They were quite good.

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  13. Beautiful colonial influenced building... wow...

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  14. Beautiful building.
    Just goes to show you that they don't make things the way they used to, doesn't it?

    Bear((( )))

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  15. I'd love to visit your city--and that museum!!

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  16. Excellent shot of an intriguing place. :D

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  17. The first museum I have seen today!!!

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  18. Beautiful! Loved the information!

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  19. Fantastic photo and great choice for'M'.

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