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Worli Fort In Mumbai Old Print 1930
This is the Worli Fort and not the Mahim Fort as the print says. Mahim Fort is slightly away from the Worli Fort. The origin of the fortress is a bit sketchy, although built by the Portuguese in 1561. But after Bombay or Mumbai was gifted to King Charles II of England as dowry by the Portuguese in 1661, the fortress naturally came into the hands of the British.
King Charles II of England married Catherine of Braganza daughter of the Portuguese Royal Family. This vintage print shows the pristine fortress and the surrounding landscape in the 1930s, unlike what it is today. Even the sea seems to look pristine in those days. Like Worli Fort, the Mahim and Bandra Forts too were built by the Portuguese. All three are in close proximity to each other.
Read more- Revisiting the forgotten forts- Part III. See my posts- Antique Bellins’ Map of Bombay 1764., and Antique Plan/Map of Bombay Malabar Coast 1754. There are many more interesting posts on Bombay check the sub-categories on this site.
Did you know- the strong fortification has a freshwater well and a temple inside.