Bombay, India

This colonial-era post office, in the Victorian Gothic style, dates from the 1880’s and is today the Central Telegraph Office in Bombay (Mumbai), India. The monument to its right is the Flora Fountain, built in 1864, dedicated to the Roman goddess of flowers. The post office above was replaced in 1913 by the post office below, said to be a paradigm of Indo-Saracenic architecture.

The new building was modeled on the Gol Gumbaz in Bijapur by architect John Begg in 1902, completed in 1913, and still serves as the general post office for Bombay today. (The Gol Gumbaz, which inspired the new post office’s soaring dome, is a remarkable domed mausoleum built in 1659 by the architect Yaqut of Dabul.)

The dome can be seen more clearly in this later view, and it has palm trees besides, always a plus in a post office.


2 thoughts on “Bombay, India

  1. This is great!! any more recent photos of BPO would be appreciated.
    as the Architect was the brother of my Grandfather.

    Donald John Begg O.A.C.

  2. Pingback: 18 Then And Now Photos Of Mumbai That Will Leave You Amazed

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