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World's Most Beautiful Clock Towers: Rajabai, Mumbai, India

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Rajabai Clock Tower, Mumbai, India

At the downtown campus of the University of Mumbai, this 19th-century tower was designed by English architect Sir George Gilbert Scott and paid for by Premchand Roychand, founder of the Bombay Stock Exchange, who insisted it be named for his blind mother, Rajabai. She was a devout follower of the Jain religion, which decrees that dinner be eaten before sundown, and the knell of the bell tower enabled her to mark time. Gilbert never visited Mumbai, sending the designs—modeled after Big Ben—from his London office.


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