Gateway of India


Gateway of India is the monument in the South Mumbai, Apollo Bunder area. The design of the Gateway of India is the combination of the Hindu and also the Muslim style. The Gateway is built from the yellow basalt and the reinforced concrete. The stone was brought from Gwalior and is locally obtained from there. The central dome of the Gateway is 15 meters in diameter and is 26 meters above the ground which is the highest point. The cost of construction of the Gateway of India was 21 lakhs that was all borne by the Government of India. The Gateway of India is known to be the most famous monument in the city.

The Gateway was built by King George V and Queen Mary to Bombay, before the Darbar in Delhi in December 1911. The building blocks of the Gateway of India was laid down on 31st March 1913, and George Wittet final design of the Gateway which was approved in August 1914. Anybody who comes to Mumbai greets the monument that is located in the bygone imperial area of the Mumbai city. As anyone passes throughout the memorial, the first scene that’s visible to the visitors is the waterfront at the South Mumbai. The Gateway of India is constructed under the Indo- Saracenic style that was more popular in Gujarat in the sixteenth century.

On the top of the monument, there’s the central dome which is having the diameter of 15 meters. A visitor may also find the characteristic that the memorial is built in the Muslim architectural design style. The construction of the monument leads to the displacement of the harbor. The work of the construction was taken over by the Gammon India Limited founded by the J C Gammon. The main objective behind the structure of the Gateway of India is the celebration of the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Bombay.


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