|Coordinates: 18°56′N 72°49′E / 18.93°N 72.82°ECoordinates: 18°56′N 72°49′E / 18.93°N 72.82°E|
|• Type||Municipal Corporation|
|• Body||Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (MCGM)|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|Vehicle registration||MH 01|
Churchgate (Marathi pronunciation: [t͡ʃəɾt͡ʃɡeːʈ]) is area in the southern part of Mumbai close to Arabian Sea. The area is known for unique architecture consisting of art deco style residential buildings, access to sporting venues, and business district of Nariman Point.
During the eighteenth and up to the mid-19th century, Mumbai was a walled city surrounded by a fortification. The city walls had three gates. One of the gates, Churchgate, was named after St. Thomas Cathedral, Mumbai. The area west of the original gate came to be known as Churchgate. In the mid-19th century, the wall of the fort along with its gates were torn down to aid in the expansion of city.. At the exact location of the Churchgate, Flora Fountain was built.
Arabian Sea is situated at west and Nariman Point on south of Churchgate. Churchgate railway station is a major railway terminus on the Western line of the Mumbai Suburban Railway.
On November 26th 2008, a Pakistan trained Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist attacked the Trident hotel and the Oberoi hotel. This attack ended up killing as many as 30 people. The hotels are situated on the southern border of Churchgate in the Nariman Point area. The attacks were part of a larger Mumbai terrorist attack, which killed 166 and injured 238 in an unprecedented Islamic terrorist attack. In response, Mumbai police killed one terrorist and apprehended another, Ajmal Kasab, along with which the National Security Guards (NSG) killed 8 other terrorists.
Following places are located in Churchgate area of Mumbai:
Tourist spots in the Churchgate area include: