In a recent fortune that bestowed upon the financial capital of India, i.e. ‘Mumbai’, has been added to Unesco’s world heritage list for having the largest collection of Gothic and Art Deco architecture outside the U.S.
The art and culture branch of the UN discussed the aspects to inscribe new spots to the heritage list, which recognizes significant cultural and historic sites around the world.
Mumbai enacted a massive urban development scheme in the second half of the 19th century, which meant that many buildings were first built in a Victorian Neo-Gothic style. According to Unesco: “the Victorian ensemble includes Indian elements suited to the climate, including balconies and verandas. The Art Deco edifices, with their cinemas and residential buildings, blend Indian design with Art Deco imagery, creating a unique style that has been described as Indo-Deco.
The celebration of these buildings recognizes their interesting mix of Indian design and the influence of the British Raj. Some amazing examples include the extravagant Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, formerly known as Victoria Terminus, which incorporates many Gothic elements, like turrets and gargoyles, as well as Mughal domes and columns decorated with cobras and monkeys. For a taste of the city’s Art Deco flavour, take a stroll down Marine Drive to see apartments that would be as well suited to a city like Miami.
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