Unveiling the Magic of Indo-Saracenic Architecture

Indo Saracenic Architecture, a 19th-century revival of British colonization, combined Islamic and Indian styles to control Indian population, but declined in the 1920s due to resource costs and cultural changes.

Indo Saracenic style buildings feature bulbous domes with overhanging bracketed eaves, arches in various shapes, pinnacles, minarets, and towers. Britishers created open pavilions, 'jaali work', screens in windows or balconies, and entrances called 'iwans'. Ornamental motifs resemble Islamic, Hindu, and Byzantine styles. Vaulted roofs are common, and entrances are called 'iwans'.

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004, is a stunning example of Indo Saracenic Architecture, featuring domed roofs, pinnacles, pointed arches, and gargoyles at its top.

Victoria Memorial is yet another example of Indo Saracenic Architecture. It has stained glass windows, which is a prominent feature of Gothic architecture. The gigantic white marble museum features octagonal domed chhatris and several corner towers. It was designed by Sir William Emerson and Vincent Esch.