Sion, Mumbai

Summary

Sion
Sion
Sion is located in Mumbai
Sion
Sion
Coordinates: 19°02′N 72°52′E / 19.04°N 72.86°E / 19.04; 72.86Coordinates: 19°02′N 72°52′E / 19.04°N 72.86°E / 19.04; 72.86
CountryIndia
StateMaharashtra
DistrictMumbai City
CityMumbai
Government
 • TypeMunicipal Corporation
 • BodyBrihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)
Languages
 • OfficialMarathi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Area code(s)022
ISO 3166 codeIN-MH

The Marathi and official name for Sion is Sheev. Sion is a neighbourhood of Mumbai. In the 17th century the village formed the boundary between Mumbai and Salsette Island. The British named it marking the end of the city. The name remained even after Mumbai was joined to the Salsette and extended up to Mulund. One of the local historical places in Sion is a hilltop garden commonly known as Sion Fort or Sheevon Killa in the Marathi language.

History

In 1543, the Portuguese took possession of the largely uninhabited islands of Bombay, naming it Sião, after a biblical hill in Israel.[1] The Portuguese gave the Jesuit priests the sole ownership of some of these islands. The Jesuits then built a chapel on the hill near the present-day railway station and named it after Mount Zion (Sion) in Jerusalem.

Connectivity

Sion shares its name with a railway station on the Mumbai suburban railway on the Central Railway line. Sion also has a bus station.

Education

Sion is also a home to many educational institutes, namely:

Notable former residents

See also

References

  1. ^ D'Cunha, Jose Gerson (1900). "IV The Portuguese Period". The Origins of Bombay (3 ed.). Bombay: Asian Educational Services. p. 265. ISBN 81-206-0815-1. Retrieved 4 January 2009.
  2. ^ "KJ Somaiya Medical College and Research Centre". Retrieved 31 January 2013.