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Muziris Enters International Heritage Map- The New Indian Express

February 24, 2016 at 6:30:00 PM

Article published in The New Indian Express by Saumesh Thimbath, on how the inauguration of the first phase of the Muziris Heritage Project is expected to put Kerala on the international heritage map. The first phase of the Muziris Heritage Project was set to be inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee at the International Convention Centre at KKTM Government College in Kodungallur.

The primary focus of the project is to reclaim the culture and heritage of the region through research, heritage conservation, and tourism development that will provide access to historic buildings. Due to the project's status as India's greatest historical reclamation endeavour, it attracted interest on a global scale. 18 of the 29 sites included in the first plan are included in the first phase, including, among others, the Paliam Museums, Cheraman Juma Masjid, and the Pattanam Excavation Site.

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The 2006 project's ambitious aims included the preservation and rehabilitation of historic sites; the improvement of local infrastructure, including roads and canals; and the establishment of a Center for Muziris Studies to conduct academic research. People's opinions on how well the initiative succeeded in achieving its goals ten years later are mixed.

The significance, symbolism and scope of the Muziris heritage project is far greater than simply reviving history as it highlights the very composite culture of tolerance and integration that gives not just Kerala but all of India its place in the world.

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