The Victoria Terminus railway station, now known as the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, was opened on June 20 in 1887. All photos/mid-day archives
In the 1850s, the Great Indian Peninsular Railway built its railway terminus in the Bori Bunder area along the Eastern shore line of Mumbai. Bori Bunder was used as a storehouse for goods imported and exported from Mumbai. Bori Bunder station was eventually rebuilt as Victoria Terminus, named after the then reigning Queen
Designed by the consulting British architect Frederick William Stevens, who earned the commission to construct the station after a masterpiece watercolour sketch by draughtsman Axel Haig. The final design bears some resemblance to St Pancras railway station in London
Original built as the headquarters of the Great Indian Peninsular Railway, it became a famous architectural landmark in a Gothic-revival style. A number of ancillary buildings have been added subsequently, all designed so as to harmonise with the main structure. The original platforms were from 1-9.
In 1996, Victoria Terminus was renamed Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus by Suresh Kalmadi, who was the Minister of Railways at the time. It was done to honour legendary Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji
On July 2, 2004, the station was nominated as a World Heritage Site by the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO. The official website of UNESCO describes it as, an outstanding example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture in India, blended with themes deriving from Indian traditional architecture
CST has been decorated by special lighting on several occasions in the past, including the Independence Day, the illumination of this monument on World Heritage Day was a rare spectacle for travellers
The station has now 18 platforms
Azad Maidan is one of the popular places near CST. It is a regular venue for inter-school cricket matches
The name of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) has been changed to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus. However, before CST, it was Victoria Terminus (VT). Here's a small history
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