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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Muziris Heritage Project (MHP) Kerala

Muziris Heritage Project (MHP) is the first of its kind in India where a heritage site will be preserved and conserved for sustainable development.

The Muziris Heritage Site (MHS) includes North Paravur in Ernakulam district to that of Kodungalloor in Thrissur district.
It is the largest heritage conservation project in India and the first green project by Kerala. Around 25 Museums will be created as part of the Muziris Heritage project.

The project aims to conserve cultural assets and safeguard them for the present and future generations and to o promote awareness and understanding of the cultural distinctiveness and diversity of Muziris

Muziris, which includes the current Kodungallur region was once a thriving port in the first century BC and was the gateway for various religious faiths like Christianity, Judaism, Islam and others. Cargo vessels from West Asia, Mediterranean and East Africa used to drop anchor at the Port of Muziris. St.Thomas, the apostle of Jesus Christ is believed to have set foot in Kerala through the Muziris port and so did the Islamic missionaries. It is here that India’s first church, Mar Thoma Church and the first mosque, Cheraman Juma Masjid, are located.

Submitted by Godwin AG, with inputs from Kerala Tourism.org

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