Restoration project near completion in Qutb Shahi Heritage Park

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INDIA - The Qutb Shahi Heritage Park, a monumental complex located close to the famous Golkonda Fort in Hyderabad, is the object of a conservation plan that will span a period of 10 years aiming at repairing cracks and bulges, and replacing missing architectural elements like stone or stucco plasterwork. To maintain the authenticity of the monuments, only original materials are being used such as lime mortar and stone.
The site is made up of 75 monuments spread across 108 acres and comprises of 40 mausoleums and 23 mosques.
Traditional craftsmen will be employed to execute the work particularly the most delicate parts of the reconstruction using hand tools. Conservation work on the monuments standing within the Park include removal of modern cement layers to reveal and restore original Qutb Shahi architectural elements and materials.
The site was established in the 16th and 17th centuries, and also includes six step-wells, a hammam, and pavilions as well as water and garden structures. The restoration project was signed by India’s Department of Archaeology and Museum (DAM), Quli Qutb Shah Urban Development Authority (QQSUDA) and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) in 2013, but significant restoration works were undertaken last year with additional funding from the Indian government as well as the US Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation.