NEW DELHI: Delhi couldn’t become a world heritage city this year but here’s some good news for its heritage lovers. More than 20 years after Humayun’s Tomb was declared a world heritage site, six other monuments around it have been covered in the same glory.
After the statement issued by Unesco, a United Nations agency, Nila Gumbad, Afsarwala Complex, Isa Khan’s garden tomb, Bu Halima garden tomb and Arab ki Serai are officially part of the World Heritage site. The heritage zone of the complex has thus more than doubled from 26 acres to 54 acres, and its buffer zone has also increased.
Ratish Nanda, project director, Aga Khan Trust for Culture, which is working on an elaborate urban conservation project in Humayun’s Tomb complex since 2007, said, “This ratification of the boundary proposed by the ASI and recognition of the site being an ensemble allows steps to be taken for its effective management as well as future extension to include other contemporary 16th-century structures within the World Heritage property.”
According to the Unesco website, the 1992 nomination by India mentioned only Humayun’s Tomb, listing its significant architectural elements. As a result, the recognition was only granted to the garden-tomb, and other monuments outside the 26-acre property were included in its buffer zone. World Heritage Committee meeting documents now recognize, “Humayun’s Tomb and the other contemporary 16th-century garden tombs within the property form a unique ensemble of Mughal-era garden-tombs. The monumental scale, architectural treatment and garden setting are outstanding in Islamic garden-tombs.”
The Unesco statement for inclusion of the six monuments in the World Heritage list also recognized that “Humayun’s Tomb and its surrounding structures are substantially in their original state and conservation works have been of high quality—carried out using traditional materials such as lime mortar to recover authenticity by removal of 20th-century materials such as concrete.”
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