Chandigarh’s Capitol Complex Declared UNESCO World Heritage Site

UNESCO listed Chandigarh’s Capitol Complex and Sikkim’s national park home to the world’s third highest peak Mount Khangchendzonga among its World Heritage Sites, approving all three nominations linked to India this session. Today’s approval comes two days after the ruins of Nalanda University in Bihar made to the elite tag at the 40th session of The World Heritage Committee meeting in Istanbul. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement Chosen from the work of Le Corbusier, the 17 sites comprising this transnational serial property are spread over seven countries and are a testimonial to the invention of a new architectural language that made a break with the past. They were built over a period of a half-century, in the course of what Le Corbusier described as “patient research”. The Complexe du Capitole in Chandigarh (India), the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo (Japan), the House of Dr Curutchet in La Plata (Argentina) and the Unité d’habitation in Marseille (France) reflect the solutions that the Modern Movement sought to apply during the 20thcentury to the challenges of inventing new architectural techniques to respond to the needs of society. These masterpieces of creative genius also attest to the internationalization of architectural practice across the planet.
About Chandigarh’s Capitol Complex:
— Chandigarh’s Capitol Complex is palace of legislative assembly designed by noted architect Le Corbusier and located in Chandigarh, India.
— It is part of The Capitol Complex comprises three buildings — Legislative Assembly, Secretariat and High Court. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2016.

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