It is situated in one of the most congested areas of the Mumbai city. Surrounded by huge and impressive colonial buildings on all the sides, Flora Fountain has a magnificent statue of Flora - the Roman Goddess of Flowers, on top.
The area around the square comprises of all the major banks, along with the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).
Flora Fountain (Hutatma Chowk) is at the intersection of three major streets of Mumbai’s busiest area.. This monumental statue is, the quintessential icon of Mumbai City. The statue is made of Portland stone. This was made in England and was shipped to Mumbai. This beautiful statue was erected in 1869 in what was then a spacious open plaza. The fountain is surmounted by the Roman Goddess Flora who stands above exuberantly carved seashells, dolphins and mythical beasts. The area has now been renamed. Hutatma Chowk ("Martyrs Square") This area marks the western ramparts of the Fort Area, built by the East India Company in 1716, which covered the southern part of the city. The Fort was demolished in the 1860s by the governor, Sir Bartle Frere, to allow the city to expand. Later civic and commercial buildings were built around this wonderful monument. All these buildings were designed with pedestrian arcades, which today are crowded with hawkers selling a wide range of products ranging from old books to ready-made garments, leather goods, pirated CDs of movies and smuggled electronic gadgets.
Flora Fountain is a stone fountain situated in the Fort business district in the heart of South Mumbai. It was built in 1864 out of Portland Stone and sculpted by James Forsythe from a design by R. Norman Shaw based on the Roman goddess Flora. It was built at a cost of Rs. 47,000, or 9000 pounds sterling, a princely sum in those days. It was erected by the Agri-Horticultural society of Western India out of a donation of Rs 20,500 by Cursetjee Fardoonjee Parekh. The 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. Like most things in the city after independence, it has been renamed and is now know as Hutatma Chowk or "Martyr's Crossroads", in memory of the Samyukta Maharashtra Movement.
This is surely a landmark in Bombay. About 30 years back the first shopping mall Akbarallys came up at Fountain. This place is very famous as lot of restaurants and colleges nerby.
Erected in 1869, in honour of Sir Bartle Frere, (governor of Mumbai1862-67)) to whose progressive policy Mumbai owes many of her great public buildings, and growth it is situated in the heart of the city, Decorated at its four corners with mythological figures, the Fountain is a structure in dull stone with a figure of 'Flora' the Roman Goddess of flowers, at the top. Today the Hutatma Chowk area is one of the busiest places in the city, with many banks, shops and offices surrounding it.
Dedicated to the Roman Goddess Flora - Goddess of Abundance - the beautiful Flora fountain was built in 1864 (made of imported Portland stone). It fits perfectly in the area: surrounded by old colonial British buildings.
A word of warning: the Hutatma Chowk (Square in which the fountain is located) is extremely busy, so be careful when taking pictures to not get run over. Actually just trying to cross the road to get to the center of the square where the fountain is located is an adventure in urban navigation.
I would recommend going to see the fountain despite the traffic and pollution: it's very intricate in design and makes for beautiful pictures; and it's very likely that you are in the neighbourhood anyways, since so many other sights are in the immediate surroundings.
This is the very heart of Mumbai, circumscribed by stately colonial buildings that stand like proud old sentinels of a bygone era. Flora is the Roman Goddess of Flowers, her pretty alabaster face continually assaulted by grime and pollution. Next to her are a pair of torch bearing stone patriots that rise from the Martyrs Memorial nearby. Flora Fountain is now called Hutatma Chowk or Martyr's Square to honour those who died in the tumultuous birth of Maharashtra State. All around the square sit Mumbai's infamous vendors selling just about everything under the blazing tropical sun -- from cheap nylon saris and ballpoint pens to herbal remedies. Tooting horns and traffic complete the chaotic picture, but through it all Flora manages to retain her serene composure.
Inspired from Flora - the Roman Goddess of Flowers, Flora Fountain is a stone fountain in South Mumbai. Located in the Fort business district, the splendid fountain was built in 1864.
This marvellous fountain was built in 1869, in honor of Sir Henry Bartle and Edward Frere, the then Governor of Mumbai. The fountain has a figure of "Flora", the Roman Goddess of Flowers at the top.