The Idea Of Muziris - Architectural Digest
November 29, 2012, 6:30:00 PM
"The article written by C. M. Nair in the Architectural Digest elucidates the lost city of Muziris. The efforts to revive the past glory of the Muziris, initiated by the government of Kerala, have been started. The history of the Muziris Project depicts a heritage that is over 2000 years old, the real Muziris, a major port town on Kerala’s coast. Muziris was the gateway of India, serving as an emporium of trade for Phoenicians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. It gave shelter to the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish communities. It was when a flood in the Periyar destroyed the muziris and diverted the course of the river to other ports that Kochi rose to its prominence.
The Muziris Heritage Project is one of the most prominent tourism projects by the Government of Kerala. It links and exhibits the history of the region. The village where Muziris is believed to be located has huge significance due to the large number of historic places located in its close proximity. There are temples, mosques,churches,synagogues,forts, and excavation sites of historical relevance located in the area. The Paravoor synagogue, located 3 kms away from Pattanam, stands as proof of the existence of Jews in the area. The Cheraman Juma Masjid is a symbol of the Muslim presence in Kodungallur. Another interesting monument in this area is the Paliam Nalukettu, which is being restored. Another project being restored is Kottapuram market, located at the southernmost border of Kodungallur. Another project being restored is Kottapuram market. A maritime museum is also planned near Pattanam to show the ancient links of Kerala with more than 30 countries. It will be the history of the world through Kerala, says Benny Kuriakose, the conservation consultant of the Muziris Heritage Project."