Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Gateway of India

Gateway of India is a monument in Colaba in Mumbai overlooking the harbor at the end of Apollo Bunder. This triumphal arch in yellow basalt is an exaggerated colonial monument, conceived after the visit of King George V, in 1911. Today, the arch is a popular symbol of the city and one of the favorite local hangouts in the evenings and weekends. The stalls, the vendors of balloons, photographers and snake charmers give the area the air of a festive bazaar. The project is inspired by a monument in the style of the sixteenth century. The arch was officially opened in 1924, but became superfluous only 24 years later, when the last British regiment left India ceremoniously.

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