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In a major recognition to Mumbai‘s heritage conservation movement, three city landmarks have won UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation 2019.
About the Award
- The UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation programme recognises the efforts of private individuals and organisations that have restored and conserved structures of heritage value in the region.
- This year marked 20 years of the awards.
- 16 projects from five countries, Australia, Bhutan, China, India and New Zealand, were recognised by the international jury of conservation experts in 2019 awards.
- The renewal of the historic Tai Kwun — Centre for Heritage and Arts in Hong Kong won the Award of Excellence.
- From Mumbai, Keneseth Eliyahoo synagogue in Fort and Our Lady of Glory Church in Byculla received awards of merit while Flora Fountain received an honourable mention.
- Ahmedabad’s Vikram Sarabhai Library won the award of distinction.
Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue
- The restoration of Keneseth Eliyahoo synagogue celebrates the cultural plurality of Mumbai.
- From a state of dilapidation with extensive material decay and structural damage, the mid-19th century Classical Revival structure has been successfully revitalised in a technically proficient manner.
Our Lady of Glory Church
- It is one of the oldest Roman Catholic churches in Mumbai which has been lovingly restored to its original splendour.
- The project demonstrates state-of-the-art conservation practice in its methodical process, attention to detail and commitment to using like-for-like materials.
- The architects worked on the church from 2013 to 2018 but did not close the church for the job, which was a challenge.
- The careful restoration of Mumbai’s iconic Flora Fountain completes the series of conservation interventions to revive the city’s many Victorian era fountains, a collection of ornate civic monuments unique in India.
- The project has not only recovered the fountain’s artistic beauty, but has also validated its continuing role in the life of the community and its prominent place in the urban fabric of Mumbai.