Muziris project

22/3/2016 465 Culture of India | Culture | View Recent Current Affairs

  • The first phase of the Muziris Heritage Project was recently inaugurated by the President in Kerala.
  • This project was started six years ago by the Kerala government, the project aims to highlight the historical and cultural significance of Muziris — which dates from at least 1st century BC — with a view to boost tourism.
  • This is the largest conservation project in India and first green project of Kerala.
  • Muziris is a seaport which is mentioned in the 1st century travelogues, ancient Sangam texts and Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder’s encyclopaedic work, Natural History.
  • Muziris was the doorway for cultures, religions and races into India. It was frequented by large ships of ocean traders from across the world, including Arabs, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and Chinese.

Analysis:

  • The project aims to offer the best of heritage tourism to global travellers. Under the project, the state government will be developing a number of Islands which were created as a result of spice trade and ancient ports in the state. It showcases the history and culture of an ancient seaport and urban centre on the Malabar coast.
  • The Muziris project would open up to Indian and foreign tourists a new destination, bringing economic benefits to the people of the region as well as knowledge and enjoyment for the visitors.
  • The project includes development works of Chennamangalam palaces, Cheraman Parambu, Synagogue and waterfront at North Paravur. It also envisages conservation of archaeological monuments within 125 sq km spread across Thrissur and Ernakulam districts

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