Culture of India

Awards for UNESCO heritage conservation

Telangana has brought honour to the entire nation by winning accolades on a worldwide scale. With a Distinction of Merit for two initiatives, the state has won twice at the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. The awards honour private citizens’ conservation activities.

Key Points

  • 13 projects from six nations—Afghanistan, China, India, Iran, Nepal, and Thailand—have been acknowledged for rewards in 2022, including the restoration of stepwells inside the Qutb Shahi Tombs Complex in Hyderabad and the conservation work on the Domakonda Fort in Kamareddy district.
  • The “Award of Merit” has also been given to Topdara Stupa in Charikar, Afghanistan, and Nantian Buddhist Temple in Fujian, China.

Domakonda Fort

  • It was constructed as a private residence in the 18th century and features stucco work, arched pillars, a flat ceiling, and a courtyard with a pond. It has received UNESCO heritage conservation awards in Merit for its conservation efforts.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

  • It was founded as the Prince of Wales Museum of Western India in 1922 and has won the Award of Excellence. It is a piece of Mumbai’s world heritage property’s Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles.

Qutub Shahi Tombs

  • The Qutub Shahi Tombs are home to domed structures, terraced gardens, intricate parapets, and exquisite ornamentation, all of which were planned and built by various monarchs who ruled the city and the state in the 18th century.
  • Every year, the Deccan Festival is held there, giving everyone the chance to see the engineering and architectural marvels of the period.
  • The tomb of Sultan Quli Qutub-ul-Mulk, the founder of the Qutub Shahi dynasty, is one of the most significant ones of the Qutub Shahi Tombs.
  • He was the longest overseer of the architectural project and built his own tomb in addition to deciding to construct tombs for non-ruling members of the royal families, such as sisters, nephews, and nieces.
  • The Qutub Shahi Tombs were constructed and honour the seven Qutub Shahi rulers and their families who ruled Golconda for almost 170 years.


  • It was a grand royal necropolis in the distinctive Qutb Shahi architectural style. It is a blend of Hindu, Persian, Pathan, and Deccan styles of architecture.
  • It represents the Indo-Saracenic entrances, Persian minarets, domed structures, and intricately designed columns.
  • False openings, central pillars, and two-tiered terraces all play an important part in the architecture.

UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Awards

  • They are provided as part of UNESCO’s strategy plan for the Asia Pacific area.
  • Goal: To encourage the protection of Cultural Heritage sites, which is started by any individual organisation within the private sector or institutional organisation.

The Awards categories

  • Award of Excellence.
  • Award of Distinction.
  • Award of Merit.
  • Honourable Mention.
  • Award for New Design in Heritage Contexts
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