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Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya wins UNESCO Asia-Pacific Award

UNESCO Asia-Pacific Award: The 2022 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation have given the Award of Excellence to the Mumbai restoration of the century-old Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya. November 26, 2022 saw the announcement of the winners.

UNESCO Asia-Pacific Award: Key Points

  • The museum is a piece of Mumbai’s World Heritage-listed Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles. It was founded in 1922 under the name Prince of Wales Museum of Western India.
  • The Byculla Railway Station of the Central Railway, on the other hand, has acquired a commendation award for conservation, giving Mumbai city residents a twofold sense of pride.
  • The judges praised it as a project that sets a standard for the conservation of world heritage monuments, according to a statement from the UNESCO Bank.
  • The museum project won praise from the committee for renovating a significant civic building in Mumbai’s historic centre.
  • The statement went on to say that the project, which was exceptional in scale, overcame significant difficulties during the epidemic by using smart architectural and engineering solutions to confront a significant decline.

UNESCO Asia-Pacific Award: Nominations

  • The committee has selected 13 projects from six nations for awards in 2022: India, China, Afghanistan, Nepal, Iran, and Thailand.
  • After reviewing 50 entries from 11 countries in the Asia-Pacific area in November 2022, the jury deliberated.
  • The step-wells of Golconda in Hyderabad have won an award in the “Award of Distinction” category, while the Domakonda Fort in Telangana and Byculla station in Mumbai are among the winners in the “Award of Merit” category.
  • The “Award of Merit” has also been given to Topdara Stupa in Charikar, Afghanistan, and Nantian Buddhist Temple in Fujian, China.

About UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards:

The UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation programme has been honouring private parties and organisations for their efforts to restore, conserve, and transform monuments and buildings with historical importance in the region since 2000.

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