31.01.2013 - UNESCO Office in Kathmandu

Conservation of historical monuments in Lumbini continues

©Constantino MeucciConservation of the brick-works inside the Maya Devi temple

The third season of conservation work of the most important monuments in Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha, a World Heritage Site since 1997 was completed last week.

The conservation team led by Italian conservator Costantino Meucci together with a national team from the Department of Archaeology and the Lumbini Development Trust restored a section of the historical brick structure inside the Mayadevi Temple. The conservation team also reviewed the microclimate in the Temple and the restoration of the three monuments, the Asoka Pillar, the Marker Stone and the Nativity Sculpture carried out in 2011 and 2012.

The team will shortly recommend how to improve the  conservation condition inside the Mayadevi Temple, with the assessment of the microclimate, as well as recommend restoration methodology of the brick structure in the Temple and of the monuments by July 2013.

The conservation activity is part of a larger project entitled “Strengthening the Conservation and Management of Lumbini, the Birthplace of Lord Buddha”, launched in 2010. The project is funded by the Government of Japan through the Japanese-Funds-in-Trust for the Preservation of the World’s Cultural Heritage, and co-ordinated by the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu.

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