UNESCO declares Ahmedabad as India’s first world heritage city

UNESCO, the UN cultural agency, has declared Ahmedabad as a world heritage city, the first city in India to make it to the list. The decision was taken on Saturday night by the World heritage Committee of UNESCO in Karlow, Poland.

“Just inscribed as UNESCO world heritage site: Historic city of Ahmedabad #India”, UNESCO said in a tweet.

With this, Ahmedabad has joined other heritage cities like Paris, Vienna, Cairo, Brussels, Rome and Edinburgh.

“For over 600 years, Ahmedabad has stood for peace, as a landmark city where Mahatma Gandhi began India’s freedom struggle. It has stood for unity with its elegant carvings in its Hindu and Jain temples as well as standing as one of the finest examples of Indo-Islamic architecture and Hindu Muslim art. And beyond this, it epitomizes the United Nation’s objective of sustainable development as it accelerates in its development,” she said during Ahmedabad’s inscription,” Ruchira Kamboj, India’s permanent representative to UNESCO, said in a statement.

Hailing the announcement, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said, “Thrilled to learn that Ahmedabad has been recognised as UNESCO World heritage city, first of its kind in India”.

The nomination of the 600-year-old walled city of Ahmedabad, which was founded by the emperor Ahmed Shah, was supported by 20 countries including Turkey, Lebanon, Tunisia, Portugal, Peru, Croatia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, South Korea, Cuba and Poland.

Earlier in 2011, Ahmedabad had made it to the tentative list of UNESCO’s world heritage sites.


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