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Tamil Nadu’s Ranganathaswamy Temple wins UNESCO Award

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam of Tamil Nadu has won the UNESCO Asia Pacific Award of Merit 2017 for cultural heritage conservation.


  • It has become the first temple in Tamil Nadu to be given the prestigious award from the UN body. 
  • The use of traditional methods in renovating temple structures and re-establishment of rainwater harvesting and historic drainage system, to augment water and prevent flooding, fetch this award to the temple
  • The temple is situated on an islet between Cauvery and Kollidam rivers. 
  • It has seven prakaras and 21 towers, including the 236-feet-high rajagopuram.
  • There were about 42 applications from 43 countries for the 2017 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. 
  • The other monuments which received the award in India are Mumbai's Christ Church and Royal Bombay Opera House under Award of Merit category

List of other Awardees


Award of Distinction:
  • Brookman and Moir Streets Precinct, Perth, Australia
  • Holy Trinity Cathedral, Shanghai, China
Award of Merit:
  • Christ Church, Mumbai, India
  • Royal Bombay Opera House, Mumbai, India
  • Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam, India
  • Great Hall and Clock Tower Buildings, Arts Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand
Honourable Mention:
  • Bomonjee Hormarjee Wadia Fountain and Clock Tower, Mumbai, India
  • Gateways of Gohad Fort, Gohad, India
  • Haveli Dharampura, Delhi, India
  • Wellington Fountain, Mumbai, India
  • Aftab Cultural House, Isfahan, Iran
  • Cathedral of the Good Shepherd and Rectory Building, Singapore
New Design in Heritage Contexts:
  • Jingdezhen Ceramic Industry Museum, Jingdezhen, China
  • Macha Village, Gansu Province, China
  • Persian Gulf University – Faculty of Art & Architecture, Bulshehr, Iran

UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Awards

  • UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Awards are given since 2000
  • The objective is to motivate the protection of Cultural Heritage sites, which are initiated by any individual organization under private sector or institutional organization.
The Awards consist of five categories
  • Award of Excellence.
  • Award of Distinction.
  • Award of Merit.
  • Honourable Mention.
  • Award for New Design in Heritage Contexts
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