The World Heritage Committee of UNESCO declared the walled city of Ahmedabad as India’s first World Heritage City on June 8 in a committee meeting held in Krakow, Poland. Ahmedabad has joined the privileged club of heritage cities like Vienna, Brussels, Rome, Cairo, Paris, Edinburg and two cities in the subcontinent, Bhaktpur in Nepal and Galle in Sri Lanka.
A matter of immense joy for India! https://t.co/qtCOxm8Kga
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 9, 2017
Preferred by Unesco over Delhi or Mumbai, here’s a list of things that make Ahmedabad, a heritage city.
1. There are 2600 heritage sites and over 24 monuments and sites that are protected by the ASI (Archaeological Survey of India).
— CMO Gujarat (@CMOGuj) July 10, 2017
2. There is a rich architectural and cultural heritage from the sultanate period, like the Bhadra Citadel.
3. Ahmedabad is the finest example of Indo-Islamic architecture and Hindu Muslim art.
4. There are groups of centuries old residences, called ‘pols’ in the 606 year old city, which was founded by emperor Ahmed Shah.
5. Ahmedabad has stood for peace for over 600 years. Here, one can see Hindus, Muslims, Jains living in peace.
6. Ahmedabad has been chosen to be India’s first smart cities with urban development while preserving its ancient heritage.