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Fatehpur Sikri to get a facelift

Agra , Sun, 18 Dec 2011 ANI

Agra, Dec 18 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh government along with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) began the restoration work at Fatehpur Sikri, a world heritage site, with an initiative to help regain its lost glory.


The tourists who visited the complex were jubilant about the restoration work being undertaken by the authorities and supported the protection drive.


According to media reports, the ASI has hired heritage contractors, who are experts in the field of restoration.


"This work is very important for the culture and for tourists and it is very important because it is possible to know the Indian culture," said Josephine, an Israeli tourist.


The workers were seen cleaning parts of the monument as well as painting brick walls, so as to help the monument look its best.


In a bid to generate rich dividends, the restoration work has begun in full swing to draw more tourists to the prolific monument.


"Fatehpur Sikri has its own significance, it has a good personality and its architectural complex and its components are all kaleidoscopic. In addition, its theme is also very interesting. Keeping in mind all these things, it is more like a township," said I D Dwivedi, superintending archaeologist, ASI, Agra zone.


Built by Emperor Akbar to be the most beautiful city in the world, it was widely thought this goal was achieved -until people realized the city lacked access to water. It was abandoned as the capital of the Mughal Empire after just 10 years and is today a perfectly preserved 16th-century town. (ANI)


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