Town Hall, Mumbai
Town Hall was constructed almost 180 years ago i.e. in 1830 and is one of the oldest heritage monuments in Mumbai. Its architecture is totally based on Greek and Roman styles. A portico with eight Doric Pillars, the sparkling white building can only be reached by climbing up above 30 circular steps.
Sir John Malcolm , the then Governor of Bombay remarked on this building " It is the most magnificent structure that taste and munificence combined have as yet erected in India".
The monument with its pillars is significant for its beautiful structure that has spiral staircases, old wooden floor, wrought iron loggias and marble statues of late benefactors of the Mumbai, the Island city of India
Town Hall is one of the prestigious heritage buildings that makes Mumbai proud. It is housing the Asiatic Society of Bombay, situated in the Fort area of South Mumbai. It consists of the city's largest library with a collection of 8 lacs antique volumes.
In the Anthology section, Dante's first edition copy of "Inferno" is one of the fine reserves.
The Society's museum has a remarkable compilation of above 1000 ancient coins and a rare gold coin which belongs to Akbar, the Mughal Emperor. Entry permission is required to take a look of these treasures.
The public library is open to everyone and attracts in general senior citizens, who visit the library there to read the local newspapers
Town Hall Mumbai is one of the places in Mumbai worth visiting.
One can easily reach Town Hall by buses or local trains from any suburban areas of Mumbai or by hiring autos or taxis from the city.