The Fort in flames

When a great fire destroyed Bombay Fort 220 years ago, Parsi sethias came to the rescue of the dwellers
Prof Aban Zarir Sethna

Girded by 27 ft high and 25 ft broad walls on the landward side and two platforms 20 ft high and 42 ft broad on the eastern harbor side lay the Fort, in the extreme south-east corner of the roughly H-shaped Island of Bombay — one of the seven islands that coalesced to form the metropolis of Bombay of today. Construction began around 1715 and was completed in 1745; the Fort was eventually torn down, stone by stone, in 1862, leaving no trace of its three gates: Church Gate (site of Flora Fountain today), Apollo Gate (site of Hornbill House) and......

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