‘International Monuments and Sites Day’ which is also known as World Heritage Day is dedicated towards conserving the historic structures of this world. World’s heritage is a wealth shared by the mankind and protection and conservation of this wealth requires collaborative efforts put in by all. This day gives us an opportunity to raise awareness about diversity of cultural heritage and to draw attention to its vulnerability. Culture and arts play a crucial role to shape our society. Most of the heritage sites of this World have been inspired by social practices, languages and festivals.
Heritage walks have become quite popular nowadays for those who love to explore the art and architecture of a city. Since the idea was approved by UNESCO General Conference at its 22nd session in November, 1983; 18th April is celebrated every year as World Heritage Day. Over the years, a lot of efforts are being put in by the government to preserve the monumental sites of our country.
We have prepared a list of few monuments which the country will always take pride in.
1. Taj Mahal, Agra
One of the wonders of this world, Taj Mahal is known as the symbol of love all over the world. Built by Akbar’s grandson, Shah Jahan in memory of his loving wife, this architectural wonder will always be the pinnacle of Mughal architecture.
2. Lotus Temple, New Delhi
Built in the shape of Lotus, with 27 white-marble petals, this temple was made to bring different faiths together. Visitors are allowed to meditate silently according to their individual beliefs.
3. Golden Temple, Amritsar
A religious place of visit for the Sikhs, Golden Temple is a symbol of brotherhood and equality. Everybody, irrespective of their caste, creed and gender, can seek spiritual solace here. It is built at a level lower than the surrounding land level, the four entrances of this Gurudwara signify that people from all walks of life are welcomed here.
4. Padmanabhapuram Palace, Kerala
This antique palace is located 53 kms from Thiruvananthapuram and was built in 1601 Iravi Varma who ruled Travancore between 1592 AD and 1609 AD. This palace was once the capital of the State of Travancore.