Gateway of India: The famous monument in Mumbai

The Gateway of India is the most famous monument in Mumbai, India. The Gateway is located in South Mumbai on the water front; it is 26 meters high.a

In previous times, visitors used to arrive the monument by boat would have first seen in the city of Bombay.  The style of its design is a combination of both Muslim and Hindu architectural styles, the decorations are in Hindu style while the arch is in Muslim style.
The perforated screens were brought from Gwalior and the stone was locally obtained.

Its central dome is 15 metres in diameter and is 26 metres above ground at its highest point. The cost of its construction borne mainly by the Government of India, that was Rs. 21 lakhs.

History behind Gateway of India:

The Gateway of India was built in 1911 AD to commemorate the visit of the King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai and the foundation stone was laid on 31st March 1911 AD. George Wittet was the designer of the Gateway and in August 1911 AD, his design was sanctioned. The work proceeded on reclamations between 1915 AD and 1919 AD, at Apollo Pier for the land on which the gateway and the new sea wall would be built. In 1920, the foundations were completed.

In 1924 AD, the construction of the gateway was completed and on December 4, 1924 AD, it was opened by the Viceroy, Earl of Reading. This colonial symbol also became a sort of a memorial after the British rule ended in 1947.

On 28 February 1948, the last British troop that left India, First Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry had passed through the Gateway of India.

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