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Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus), Mumbai
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Built in the colonial era as a sign of British power, this throbbing railway terminus serves three million commuters each day. Its architect was a proponent of the Indo-Saracenic stylewhich combined native Indian traditions with Gothic Revival elements from Victorian Britainand the grand, stone structure is an immaculate example, fusing Venetian-Gothic flamboyance with intricate local detailing. Snarling gargoyles leap off its facade, and a pair of imperious lions guard its entrance. The British christened the building "Victoria Terminus" in honor of the reigning queen, but in a show of regional strength, it was renamed in 1996 after a revered Maratha warrior-ruler. CST, as it's better known these days, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004, and is the second most photographed building in India, after the Taj Mahal in Agra.
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