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Gateway of India



Monuments In India - Gateway of India

This great landmark is at Mumbai Port, Maharashtra. This archway was built to honour King George V and Queen Mary on their visit to India in 1911. Indo-Saracenic style of architecture was used to construct this magnificent structure and it was completed in 1924. Built in yellowish-brown coloured basalt, it also shows the excellence of 16th century Gujarat architecture. On both sides of the arch are extremely large halls where more than 600 people can be accomodated. When India got freedom in 1947, the last batch of British soldiers marched out through the Gate way of India. Today, it is used as an embarking point for boats. Statues of swami Vivekananda and shivaji have been erected near the Gateway of India.
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