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Return of Muziris - Metro Plus -The Hindu

January 5, 2011, 6:30:00 PM

Brick by brick, stone by stone, the ancient port city of Muziris, which was once one of the most important centres of maritime trade in the world, is being restored to its former glory under the Muziris Heritage Project of the Government of Kerala. At the helm of this ambitious project, is its chief consultant, designer Benny Kuriakose. The Chennai-based Kuriakose, who grew up in the city, was here recently for a seminar on conservation.

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Passing through, conservation consultant Benny Kuriakose charts the restoration efforts of the Muziris Heritage Project, of which he is the chief consultant, as Nita Sathyendran listens. “The area boasts outstanding examples of built heritage including buildings, markets, footways, bridges, cemeteries and so on, some even as late as the 20th century, besides archaeological sites and even landscapes that represent around 2,000 to 3,000 years of Kerala’s history,” he says. BK talks about the importance of preservation of the heritage of India, and he asserts, “To quote a well-wisher, in a few year's time the Muziris Heritage Site will become the Taj Mahal of Kerala.”