16.02.2012 - UNESCO Office in Kathmandu

Second phase of conservation of Lumbini monuments starts

©UNESCO/Nabha Basnyat-thapa -The Nativity sculpture inside the Maya Devi temple

Conservation work on Lumbini’s most emblematic monuments, namely the Marker Stone, the Nativity Sculpture and the Asoka Pillar has gone in its second phase last week at the birthplace of Buddha, a World Heritage Site since 1997.

Following the urgent restoration of the three monuments undertaken last year, the international conservation team led by Italian conservator Costantino Meucci together with a national conservation team from the Department of Archaeology and the Lumbini Development Trust has started an additional three-week long conservation endeavor last Monday.

The conservation team will review and monitor the restoration of the Asoka Pillar, the Nativity Sculpture and the Marker Stone, carried out in 2011. Units to monitor the microclimate were placed last year in and outside the Maya Devi Temple, and the data collected will now be reviewed.

The team will also install a new larger protective glass box for the Marker Stone, which will facilitate the control of biological growth on the stone.

Furthermore, the conservation team, with assistance from University of Rome, Italy will study the brick structures and the underground water table inside the Maya Devi Temple.

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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