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Gateway of India Historical Facts and Pictures

The Gateway of India, located at the end of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Marg, at the edge of Mumbai Harbour, overlooking the Arabian Sea, is one of the most visited tourist spots of India. Constructed during the British Raaj, the 85 feet (26 m) high basalt arch was used as the entrance point for important people during the British Rule. The elaborately designed construction used to be the first structure to become visible to people arriving in Mumbai (then Bombay) by boat. The unique Indo-Saracenic design of the building was inspired by the Islamic styles of sixteenth century Gujarat. The foundation stone was laid on the 31st of March, 1911 before the sanctioning of the final design by Scottish architect George Wittet.

Gateway of India

Gateway of India Pictures

Gateway of India Pictures

Gateway of India

Gateway of India

Gateway of India Inside

Inside Gateway of India

Inside Gateway of India

Gateway of India Inside Close View

Gateway of India Inside Close View

Gateway of India Inside

Gateway of India Inside

Inside of Gateway of India

Inside of Gateway of India

Gateway of India at Night

Gateway of India at Night

Gateway of India at Night

Gateway of India Night View

Gateway of India Night View

Originally planned to welcome King George V and Queen Mary, King and Queen of the United Kingdom who visited in 1911, the construction of the Gateway of India did not complete until 1924. Ironically, 24 years later (28 February 1948) the British regiments marched out of the gate and the country for the last time as India became independent.

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Mumbai, Maharashtra

Indo-Saracenic Revival architecture

31 March 1911
1924
4 December 1924
10 m
George Wittet
26 m
Archaeological Survey of India