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Located at Horniman Circle, The Asiatic Society bears the distinction of being one of Mumbai's oldest and most famous libraries. 
Built in 1833 by Colonel Thomas Cowper and founded by Sir James Mackintosh. 
The North wing of the structure was used as a library since its completion, and is run by the Asiatic Society of Mumbai (a literary society founded in 1804), and is open only to members. The South wing is used by the State Central Library, an open-to-all library.
The library was formed with the intention of ‘promoting useful knowledge' 
Ancient manuscripts in Persian, Prakrit, Urdu and Sanskrit, a collection of 1,000 ancient coins and the exceptional gold ‘mohur’ that once belonged to Akbar are among the many priceless treasures that can be found here. This also includes one of the two known original copies of Divine Comedy, a poem composed by Dante Alighieri and written in the second half of the 15th century. 
Post establishment of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland in London, 1823, the Literary Society of Bombay became associated with it, and by 1830, it was called the Bombay Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society or BBRAS. Later in the  year 1873 it merged with the Bombay Geographical Society. In 1954, post-separation from the Royal Asiatic Society, it was renamed the Asiatic Society of Bombay followed by its current name which it got in 2002
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Located at Horniman Circle, The Asiatic Society bears the distinction of being one of Mumbai's oldest and most famous libraries. Built in 1833 by Colonel Thomas Cowper and founded by Sir James Mackintosh. The North wing of the structure was used as a library since its completion, and is run by the Asiatic Society of Mumbai (a literary society founded in 1804), and is open only to members. The South wing is used by the State Central Library, an open-to-all library. The library was formed with the intention of ‘promoting useful knowledge' Ancient manuscripts in Persian, Prakrit, Urdu and Sanskrit, a collection of 1,000 ancient coins and the exceptional gold ‘mohur’ that once belonged to Akbar are among the many priceless treasures that can be found here. This also includes one of the two known original copies of Divine Comedy, a poem composed by Dante Alighieri and written in the second half of the 15th century. Post establishment of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland in London, 1823, the Literary Society of Bombay became associated with it, and by 1830, it was called the Bombay Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society or BBRAS. Later in the year 1873 it merged with the Bombay Geographical Society. In 1954, post-separation from the Royal Asiatic Society, it was renamed the Asiatic Society of Bombay followed by its current name which it got in 2002 . . . #asiaticlibrary #soi #special_shots #indiapictures #EverydayEverywhere #everydayphoto #instagraphy #InstaPost #picoftheday #pic #photo #indianphotography #woi #coi #oph #desidiaries #yourshot_india #photographersofindia #Mumbai#mumbaiuntold#churchgate#maharashtra #India#photography #phonephotography#phonephotographer #mobography #mobilography #folllo4followback #instagram