A publication titled, “Incredible Treasures” encapsulating the rich cultural treasures of India inscribed on the UNESCO world heritage is now available for the benefit of heritage lovers. UNESCO and Mapin publishing houses have joined hands for this volume which was launched yesterday on an online event.
The project was started in August 2019 and took one year to complete. As the Ramappa Temple and Dholavira Sites were added to the UNESCO list recently, that is, in July, brochures for these two sites have been added inside pocket with the book.
“India is truly incredible and the world heritage sites presented here span the entire history and geography of the country. We believe that this book will be a definitive reference and will help build greater awareness about India’s world heritage sites among specialists and other readers alike.
“We also hope it will encourage them to support efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage,” Eric Falt, UNESCO’s New Delhi Director and representative, was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the world body.
Though the sites across India have been inscribed individually, they collectively contribute to a cohesive historical narrative of India’s extremely diverse archaeological and architectural spectrum as well as natural sites.
India at present has 40 World heritage sites, both cultural and natural, including the Ramappa temple, a 13th century engineering marvel in Telangana, and ancient Dholavira site in Gujarat, both of which earned the coveted tag in July this year. India’s world heritage sites spans magnificent structures ranging from the Mughal-era Red Fort in Delhi to the ancient Mahabodhi Temple complex in Bodh Gaya in Bihar, and breathtaking natural sites.
In the 167 countries where they are currently listed, UNESCO”s world heritage sites are landmarks of outstanding historical, cultural and natural significance, the statement said. UNESCO seeks to encourage the identification, protection, and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity.