In 1911 King George V and queen Mary visited Delhi so to commemorate the arrival of their king, the Britishers decided to make a gateway of India. The chief architect of this gateway was George Wittet. Its construction was completed in1924. The gateway was opened on 4th December 1924, by the Viceroy, the Earl of Reading. Its central dome is 15 metres in diameter, and touches the height of 26 metres above the ground.
Picture of the Gateway of India:
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Facts at a Glance:
1. It is situated in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
2. It was built by the Britishers to celebrate the arrival of George V and queen Marry in Delhi.
3. Its construction was completed in 1911.
4. It was opened on 4th December 1924 by the Viceroy, the Earl of Reading.
5. George Wittet was the chief architect of this monument.
6. It was built from yellow basalt and strong concrete.
7. Its central dome is 15 metres in diameter, and touches the height of 26 metres above the ground.
8. It has four turrets and lots of intricate lattice work.
9. The Gateway of India stands proudly on the South Mumbai harbour by the Arabian Sea.
10. It is the first building to be sighted when one reaches Mumbai by the sea route.
Interestingly, after the Gate-way was constructed, there were no funds for an approach road. This is the reason why today it can be approached only from an angle.