The 292-year-old walled city of Jaipur, known for its iconic architectural legacy and vibrant culture and the Capital of Rajasthan, on Saturday made its entry into the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.
“Just inscribed as @UNESCO #WorldHeritage Site: Jaipur City in Rajasthan, #India. Bravo,” UNESCO tweeted on Saturday afternoon.
The announcement was made after the 43rd Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, underway at Baku (Azerbaijan) from June 30 to July 10, examined the nomination of the Walled City of Jaipur for inclusion in the World Heritage list.
Expressing happiness over the recognition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Jaipur is a city associated with culture and valour. Elegant and energetic, Jaipur’s hospitality draws people from all over. Glad that this city has been inscribed as a World Heritage Site by @UNESCO.”
For their part, while Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said the recognition would boost tourism and benefit the local economy, his predecessor Vasundhara Raje termed it a matter of great pride for Rajasthan.
A senior official said, ICOMOS (the International Council on Monuments and Sites) had inspected the city in 2018, post its nomination, adding, the WHC in Baku examined the nomination and inscribed it in UNESCO World Heritage Site list.
The city was founded in 1727 AD under the patronage of Sawai Jai Singh II.
“The city was proposed to be nominated for its value of being an exemplary development in town planning and architecture that demonstrates an amalgamation and important exchange of ideas in the late medieval period.
“In town planning, it shows an interchange of ancient Hindu, Mughal and contemporary Western ideas that resulted in the form of the city,” UNESCO Office in New Delhi had earlier said.
In addition, Jaipur City is an exceptional example of a late medieval trade town in South Asia and defined new concepts for a thriving trade and commercial hub. In addition, the city is associated with living traditions in the form of crafts that have national and international recognition, it said.
“The World Heritage Committee is composed of representatives of 21 States Parties to the World Heritage Convention who meet annually. It is in charge of implementing the Convention. To date, 1,092 sites in 167 countries have been inscribed on the World Heritage List,” it said.
Sunday, 07 July 2019 | PNS | New Delhi
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