In a proud moment for India, and furthering the conversation around better conservation of heritage monuments in the country, the UNESCO has recognised and felicitated the restoration and repairs of four landmark buildings in India.
The roof of the 210-year-old Danish Church named St Olav in Serampore, West Bengal, had fallen in and took a Rs 3 crore investment from the Danish government to rebuild. The Church has won the Award of Distinction at the ceremony.
The repairs and restoration of the Cama Building, Mumbai Central, Mumbai was recognised with an Award of Merit.
An Award of Merit was also given to the restoration of fortification of the and bastions of the Mahidpur Fort, Madhya Pradesh.
The restoration of the main building of Doon School in Dehradun was also given an Honourable mention at the ceremony.
An Award of Merit was also given for the Conservation of the 17th-century Shahi Hammam, Lahore in Pakistan.
Australia, China, India, Iran, Japan along with Pakistan were the other countries honoured at the event.
The Restoration of the Sanro-Den Hall at Sukunahikona Shrine in Ozu City, Ehime Prefecture, has received the Award of Excellence in this year’s UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.
– Text by Priya Tripathy