Know Your Bombay! – 24th December 2016

Parsi Times brings you interesting facts about our beloved Bombay! Explore this city’s amusing history and get to know why and how so many streets and places got their names with KYB!

Portuguese Church


The Church of Our Lady of Salvation, popularly referred to as Portuguese Church, was built in 1596 by the Portuguese Franciscans who called it Nossa Senhora da Salvaçao. It is one of Mumbai’s oldest churches located at Dadar. The present structure designed by famous Indian architect Charles Correa, was constructed between 1974 and 1977. The Cross was built in the 19th century, constructed in the late Baroque Portuguese style. It was erected inside the church compound, however, when the church ceded land to the Municipality for road broadening, the Cross ended up outside the walls of the Church.




The name Mahim is derived from the ancient word ‘Mahimavati’ meaning ‘miraculous’, in Sanskrit. Other historical names for the area include Maijim, Mejambu, and Mahikawati. Mahim was one of the seven islands that originally made up Mumbai. Mahim, or Mahikawati as it was known, was the capital of Raja Bhimdev, who reigned over the region in the 13th century.

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