UNESCO’s ‘Historic Urban Landscape Project’ launched for Gwalior, Orchha

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UNESCO’s ‘Historic Urban Landscape Project’ launched for Gwalior, Orchha

Recently, Gwalior and Orchha cities have been selected under the ‘Historic Urban Landscape Project’ by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. -UNESCO.

It may be noted that the ‘Urban Landscape Project’ was started in the year 2011. It aims to ensure inclusive and planned development of fast growing historic cities while preserving their culture and heritage.

Key Points

  • The program focuses on involving more people in conservation efforts, raising awareness levels and pursuing innovative plans.
  • Established in the 9th century, Gwalior has been ruled by the Gurjara-Pratihara dynasty, Tomars, Baghel, Kachwahas and the Scindia rulers.
  • Gwalior is noted for its palaces and temples, including the intricately carved Sas Bahu Ka Mandir.
  • Orchha is famous for its temples and palaces. It was the capital of the Bundela Empire in the 16th
  • Famous places in the city are Raj Mahal, Jahangir Mahal, Ramraja Temple, Rai Praveen Mahal and Laxminarayan Temple.

Other related facts

  • The port city of Liverpool, England, has been removed from the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, citing concerns associated with overdevelopment plans, including plans for a new football stadium.
  • Prior to this, a wildlife sanctuary in Oman in 2007 and Dresden Elbe Valley in Germany were removed from the list of World Heritage Sites in 2009.

After being included in the list of World Heritage Cities, Gwalior and Orchha will have the following functions:

  • Renovation and chemical treatment of Mansingh Mahal, Gujari Mahal and Sahastrabahu Temple.
  • Guards will be deployed to protect these sites from distortion and theft.
  • Wall carvings and paintings will be clearly visible in these cities and the connectivity to those places will be widened.
  • Cleanliness drive will also be done in better way in these cities.

Source – The Hindu

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