Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai inscribed on the World Heritage List –Happy 37th, India!
New Delhi, 30 June 2018 – Today, the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee currently taking place in Manama (Bahrain) inscribed the Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai, on the List of World Heritage.
Reacting to the decision from India, Eric Falt, UNESCO New Delhi Director said “I would like to offer my warm congratulations to the State Government of Maharashtra, and commend them for the excellent nomination dossier highlighting the outstanding universal value of these groups of buildings which are now inscribed officially on the World Heritage List of UNESCO. This adds to the 36 other Indian sites already inscribed. Happy 37th, India!
The Nominated Property is situated in South Mumbai’s historic core district and comprises an urban ensemble straddling two heritage precincts of the Fort Precinct and Marine Drive. It includes the row of public buildings to the east of Oval Maidan and the Art Deco buildings consisting of the first row of Backbay Reclamation scheme and Marine Drive.
By inscribing these building groups on the List of World Heritage, the World Heritage Committee recognized that the Victorian Gothic and the Art Deco ensembles exhibit an important exchange of European and Indian human values over a span of time, creating an Indo-Gothic style. The Committee further recognized that together the ensemble reflects the developments in urban planning in Mumbai and urban expansion over two centuries which led the city to become the internationally important mercantile city of the 20th century.
UNESCO seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. This is embodied in an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted by UNESCO in 1972.
To access the congratulatory video message of the UNESCO New Delhi Director click here
For further information, contact:
Programme Specialist for Culture
UNESCO New Delhi