Friday, June 19, 2009

Rajabai Clock Tower

Rajabai Clock Tower
Rajabai clock Tower
In memory of his beloved mother Rajabai, late Seth Premchand Raichand a prosperous broker and founder of Bombay Stock Exchange
built this Clock tower in the year 1878.

It was designed by Sir Gilbert Scott who found inspiration from the bell tower created by the legendary Italian painter Giotto di Bondone. Rajabai Clock Tower has been modeled on Big Ben, the clock tower in the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, UK.

During the British rule, it played the tunes of "Rule Britannia", "God Save the King", "Home! Sweet Home!" and "A Handel Symphony", out of a total of sixteen tunes, which changed four times a day. It currently chimes only one tune of "Big Ben" every 15 minutes.

It took three lakh rupees for Seth Premchand to complete the structure.

This elegant 280 feet high Gothic clock tower is a part of the University Library of Mumbai.
The tower has 5 elaborately decorated storeys ornamented with statues in oriental grab representing
India's various castes and sects.

Visitors are allowed to see the tower between 11a.m. and 5p.m.

From this tower one can see the Bombay(Mumbai) High court and beautiful scenery of the city.

Nearest railway station is Churchgate on western railway.

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