Published on: December 4, 2021




Opening Ceremony of Gateway of India is being celebrated. The gateway was opened on 4th December 1924, by the Viceroy, the Earl of Reading


  • Built as a triumphal arch to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai, prior to the Delhi Durbar in December 1911.
  • Foundation stone was laid by the then Governor of Bombay (Mumbai) on March 31st 1913.
  • Architecture – Indo-Sarcenic style (combination of India and Islamic architecture) which is quite majestic and a h
  • Hybrid of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
  • Materials – yellow basalt and reinforced concrete
  • George Wittet – chief architect
  • Completed in 1924 at a cost of Rs. 24 lakh
  • Structural design is constituted of a large arch, with a height of 26m.
  • Central dome of Gateway of India in Mumbai is 48 feet in diameter and 83 feet high at the highest point.
  • First Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry passed through the Gateway on their way out in a ceremony on February 28, 1948, signalling the end of British rule.
  • Serves as a “monumental memento” of British colonial rule over India and also been referred to as the “Taj Mahal of Mumbai”.