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Documentation and Revitalisation Proposal for Jamia Masjid Corridor PDF Print E-mail

The Jamia Masjid corridor survives as one of the most complete and intact settlement of pre-modern vernacular and timber architecture in Kashmir. It also preserves some of the most outstanding examples of the local wooden architecture. The area also has an important place in the tourist map as people from all backgrounds visit the grand mosque as well as the inner historic city to understand and experience the architectural grandeur and socio-cultural quality of the city. As such, it is of utmost importance to conserve this urban landmark.

Some of the more prominent buildings located in the Heritage corridor are;

Jamia Masjid
• Astan Pir Haji Saheb
• Grave of Sutan Qutubuddin
• Astaan Jallaluddin Thakur
• Muslim Park, and a number of architecturally rich residential buildings.

a. Significance of Jamia Masjid Corridor

• The site is a prominent historical and urban landmark.
• Represents the historical and urban spatial development of the city.
• Represents the most prominent architectural achievements of Kashmir.
• Marks a unique synthesis of different usages namely public, private and religious.
• Represents the traditional historic face of the Srinagar city.
• Is inextricably linked with the socio-cultural achievements of the region.

Thus, the entire site is an invaluable world heritage resource not limited to a specific city, state, or country alone. The Proposal invited by the Jammu and Kashmir Government, entailed the preparation of the Conservation Plan of Jamia Masjid Heritage Corridor in its historic setting with the view to restore/preserve the various buildings/structures located in and around the area.

The Proposal has also developed a strategy for better maintenance, management of the Jamia Masjid, Astaan Pir Haji saheb, Astaan Jallauddin Thakur, Tomb of Sultan Qutubuddin, Muslim Park along with upgradation of civic amenities and face-lifting of some of the heritage buildings exisiting along the heritage corridor. The reuse strategies focus on activities related to heritage and cultural tourism. The proposal provides the following for the monuments of Jamia Masjid, Astaan Pir Haji Mohammad saheb, Sultan Qutubudin Mazar, Astan Jallaluddin Thakur and Muslim Park.

- History, purpose, intent and scope
- Management conservation plan along with drawings and estimation
- Condition assessment of the building
- Structural consolidation
- Photographic documentation
- General recommendations on landscaping and upgrading of surroundings
- Designed walks.

 

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