World-famous for its majestic architecture, royal traditions, and rich ancestry, the Capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur recently made its much-deserved entry as a World Heritage Site in the eminent list by UNESCO.
The official announcement by UNESCO on twitter said, "Just inscribed as @UNESCO #WorldHeritage Site: Jaipur City in Rajasthan, #India. Bravo.” The ‘Walled City of Jaipur, was nominated in the year 2018 by The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). The UNESCO World Heritage Committee inspected the nomination and inscribed the Capital’s name as UNESCO World Heritage Site after its 43rd Session held from June 30 - July 10 in Baku, Azerbaijan.
PM Narendra Modi was quick to express his happiness over the matter and 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,".
"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”, said the UNESCO Office in New Delhi after the declaration. "In town planning, it shows an interchange of ancient Hindu, Mughal and contemporary Western ideas that resulted in the form of the city," they had said on the rare amalgamation of cultures that is quite visible through the city’s architecture.
Jaipur, the historic city got its origin in 1727 AD, under the aegis of Sawai Jai Singh II. Gilded palaces, state-of-the-art design, and the floral-engraved walls of Havelis are a testimony to the utmost royal life the maharajas of Jaipur used to live.
Moreover, the city served as the medieval trade town in South Asia that continued to grow as a flourishing trade and commercial hub. “In addition, the city is associated with living traditions in the form of crafts that have national and international recognition”, the UNESCO statement said further.
Now you know why the architectural inheritance of a city is of extreme importance. Well, it may sometimes lead you towards becoming the most sought after cities of the world!
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