The Gateway of India is an arch-monument built in the early twentieth-century located in the city of Mumbai, in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It was erected to commemorate the landing of the first British monarch in India; King-Emperor George V and Queen-Empress Mary's arrival at Apollo Bunder, Mumbai in December 1911. Built in the Indo-Saracenic style, incorporating elements of 16th-century Gujarati architecture, the foundation stone for the gateway was laid in March 1913. During the royal visit, the gateway was not yet built and a cardboard structure had greeted the monarch. The final design of the monument by architect George Wittet was sanctioned only in 1914, and construction was completed in 1924. The structure is a triumphal arch made of basalt, which is 26 metres high.
After its construction the gateway was used as a symbolic ceremonial entrance to British India for important colonial personnel.