TNPSC Thervupettagam

New UNESCO World Heritage site

September 19 , 2023 9 days 160 0
  • The 45th session of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO approved following India’s recommendations.
  • Santiniketan, the famed place in West Bengal where poet Rabindranath Tagore built Visva-Bharati over a century ago, also earned the UNESCO tag.
  • The Hoysala temples at Belur, Halebidu and Somanathapur in Karnataka were declared as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • The Hoysala temples are known for evolving a distinct style that is ornate with temple architecture following a stellate plan built on a raised platform.
  • The material used in temple construction is choloritic schist which is also known as soapstone that are soft and amiable to carving.
  • They are the 42nd site in India and fourth site in Karnataka to get the world heritage tag.
  • Previously, two other groups of monuments of Karnataka at Hampi (1986) and Pattadakal (1987) along with the Ecological hotspot Western Ghats (2012) had the coveted status.
  • The Hoysala rulers ruled over parts of Southern India from the 11th Century to the 14th Century with Halebidu (Dwarasamudra) as their capital.
  • With this successful nomination, India has 42 world heritage properties overall.
  • It includes 34 in the cultural category, seven in the natural category and one mixed property.
  • Presently, India has the sixth largest number of (UNESCO) sites in the world.

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