Ambassadors of 31 Asian countries on ancient spice route to meet in Delhi

By: | Published: September 29, 2016 10:14 PM

The Ambassadors of 31 countries from Asia, the Far East and Europe, which were on the 'ancient Spice Route', will attend a second round of meetings in Delhi in November, to discuss the sharing of knowledge on the ancient trade with Kerala for the Muziris Heritage Project

The Ambassadors of 31 countries from Asia, the Far East and Europe, which were on the ‘ancient Spice Route’, will attend a second round of meetings in Delhi in November, to discuss the sharing of knowledge on the ancient trade with Kerala for the Muziris Heritage Project, an official said here today.

Benny Kuriakose, the architect behind the project, said at the Kerala Travel Mart today that a lot of the materials related to this trade, such as maps, ancient accounts, paintings and artefacts are in other countries, and “we will discuss the sharing of knowledge they have with our Muziris initiative”.
He was speaking at seminar at the Samudrika Convention Centre.

The largest heritage conservation project in India, done solely as a state government initiative, the Muziris Heritage Project, involves the renovation of ancient places of worship, old markets and buildings and the construction of museums, while preserving and resuscitating community life and livelihoods.

Benny also announced that in two years, the Muziris project area will boast a maritime museum that will be a must-visit for not only tourists, but also for local people.

Set at the site of the ancient trading port called Muziris on the River Periyar in present-day Kodungallur, the region traded in pepper and other goods, and has found mention in the accounts of ancient Greece and Rome.

It was also the earliest site of Judaism, Christianity and Islam in the country.

The ongoing project is scheduled for completion in ten years.

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