Heritage Telangana, An arm of Government of Telangana and Aga Khan Trust for Culture are will celebrate WORLD HERITAGE DAY at State capital Hyderabad. The historic Golkonda fort will be the venue for the event. There will be a ceremony marking the completion of conservation works on 25 monuments and landscape restoration over a 20 acre zone in the Qutb Shahi Heritage Park located on the fort premises. This comes after four years of painstaking conservation works, supported by the TATA Trusts, wherein master-craftsmen clocked 150,000 man-days of work to restore structural stability and grandeur of the Qutb Shahi monuments.
Emergency structural repairs and conservation of 25 major monuments standing within the south-western corner of the 106 acre Qutb Shahi Heritage Park have now been completed. Thus conservation works on the mausoleum’s of Sultan Quli Qutb Shah, Subhaan Quli Qutb Shah, Jamshed Quli Qutb Shah, Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah, Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, Kulsum Begum have been completed as well as on the Hamam, three Baoli’s, several smaller mausoleum and grave mosques, the Idgah, grave platforms, amongst other structures.
Conservation works have consistently commenced by structural repairs, stitching of cracks, restoring missing stone elements and have included removal of inappropriate modern materials such as 20th century concrete and restoration of authentic lime mortar – as used by the 16th century builders. In the process hidden ornamentation has been revealed and restored, the original architectural character restored and long term preservation ensured. The massive platforms have been laid with granite blocks – to prevent water seepage into the foundations. Each structure, grand or tiny has received the same attention by conservators and craftsmen.
Significantly, archaeological excavations have revealed extent of enclosed gardens and the 16th century landscapes have been restored, further enhancing the historic character. Grading of earth has also revealed buried elements, restored water drainage patterns resulting in collection of 3 million litres of water in two baolis each monsoon. Conservation and landscape works have been peer reviewed by international experts and were preceded by exhaustive documentation, condition assessment, 3D Laser scanning and archival research.
Conservation and landscape works on all 80 monuments standing within the 106 acre Qutb Shahi Heritage Park are expected to be completed, under this partnership project, by AD 2023.
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