South Bombay Teleports Us To Europe With These Portugese-Style Heritage Buildings

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
South Bombay Teleports Us To Europe With These Portugese-Style Heritage Buildings

Mumbai has one of the largest collections of Art Deco buildings around the world, second only to Miami. The Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2018. It is home to some buildings which present to you architectural brilliance. The heritage buildings here actually are inspired by European architecture reminding you of Portugal with each having a rich history of its own. 

Resemblance Of Portuguese Or Europe

Portugal’s architecture has been influenced by European architectural styles such as Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Neoclassicism and you can see a lot of resemblance to bits of these styles in the Heritage Buildings in South Mumbai.  Some of the Heritage buildings that make you feel like roaming on the streets of Portuguese or some European country are: 

  • Asiatic library
  • Crawford market
  • St Thomas Cathedral
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
  • Davis Sasson Library
  • Gateway Of India
  • Bombay High Court
  • Maharashtra Police Headquarters
  • University Of Mumbai

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A Walk Through The Street Teleports You To Europe

Mumbai’s Gothic architecture is a legacy of the early British rule in the 18th and 19th centuries. Classic European fashion style of architecture actually began as a neo-Classical style of architecture. The style earlier was very monochromatic but the later style came with gargoyles and domes with beautiful carvings simple add a dramatic feature to the skyline of Mumbai. Walking down the streets of Mumbai, you actually feel like being teleported to some European city when you look at the beauty of these structures and that’s something you won’t get anywhere in the country. 

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