Flora Fountain


Flora Fountain

Flora Fountain is a stone fountain situated in Fort business district in the heart of South Mumbai, Mumbai, India. Flora Fountain was built in 1864. The fountain depicts the Roman goddess Flora. It is now a heritage structure. It was built at a total cost of Rs. 47,000, or 9000 pounds sterling, a princely sum in those days.

History

It was erected by the Agri-Horticultural society of Western India out of a donation of Rs 20,000 by Cursetjee Fardoonjee Parekh. Designed by R. Norman Shaw, it was sculpted in imported Portland stone by James Forsythe. It now wears a white coat of oil paint.

Flora Fountain was originally to be named after Sir Bartle Frère, the governor of Bombay at the time. However, the name was changed before the fountain was unveiled. It stood at the approximate center of town.

The fountain stands exactly at the point where the original Churchgate of Bombay Fort stood.

Renamed

The square in which the fountain stands was officially named in 1960 as Hutatma Chowk (Martyr's Square).


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