Ancient monuments and buildings in Bangalore make the city stand out and its citizens proud of our history. These places are assets and must be protected and conserved, for they are the rich Bangalore heritage. #WorldHeritageDay is a collective effort of the communities in the world to do the needful for these invaluable assets. The day celebrates the diversity of heritage throughout the world.
India has been ruled by leaders of different religious and cultural backgrounds, like Aryans, Guptas, Mughals, Britishers, etc. And all of them have left their mark on our history in the form of various monuments and sites. We have to maintain these monuments and keep them standing for our future generations. World Heritage day is celebrated to spread awareness among the people to protect these priceless monuments.
Bengaluru has many heritage structures and sites, despite its rapid development in the last few decades. These heritage structures include public and private buildings, educational institutions, monuments, temples and also eateries that speak of the city’s history.
A structure is given a heritage tag based on many parameters like the age of the building or public place, its historical importance, cultural relevance, those belonging to a particular age, style or period and many others.
Here are a few places in Bangalore that have heritage value.
Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple
Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple also Gavipuram Cave Temple is an example of Indian rock-cut architecture. The temple is famous for its mysterious stone discs in the forecourt and the exact planning allowing the sun to shine on shrine in certain time of the year. It was built in the 16th-century by Kempe Gowda I, the founder of the city.
This is one of the oldest markets in Bangalore and has been around for over 75 years. It was built in 1927 by the British and inaugurated in 1933 by Ismail Sait. It is named of the then Municipal commissioner T. B. Russell.
Vidyarthi Bhavan is a vegetarian restaurant in Gandhi Bazaar, Basavanagudi, South Bangalore. It was founded in 1943. This restaurant is noted for its crispy, “Masale Dose”, especially the “Sagu Masale Dose”. It is one of the symbols and landmarks of old Bangalore.
Attara Kacheri of Bangalore is a building housing the High Court and dates back to 1867. Attara Kacheri of Bangalore was built under the reign of Tipu Sultan, the Emperor of Mysore.
State Central Library
The State Central Library, one of the oldest and largest libraries in the country, and is over a 100 years old! This red-painted Gothic-style library is worthy of a look around and has an impressive reading room.
Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace
Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace, in Bangalore, India, is an example of Indo-Islamic architecture and was the summer residence of the Mysorean ruler Tipu Sultan. Hyder Ali commenced its construction within the walls of the Bangalore Fort, and it was completed during the reign of Tipu Sultan in 1791.
Famous as the birth place of Tiger of Mysore Tipu Sultan, the Devanahalli fort is located 35 km north of Bengaluru. The fort has great historical and archeological importance.
The Bangalore palace was built in the year 1878 and is an epitome of great architecture and beauty.The palace is extraordinarily vast and spread across 45,000 square feet.
Bangalore Fort began in 1537 as a mud fort built by Kempe Gowda I, a vassal of the Vijaynagar Empire and the founder of Bangalore, now Bengaluru. Haider Ali in 1761 replaced the mud fort with a stone fort. The fort was the bustling center of the erstwhile Bangalore town.
The erstwhile Maharaja of Mysore Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar established the college in memory of his mother, Vani Vilasa Sannidhana Kempananjammanniyavaru in the year 1938. The campus is now a thriving education hub and is known for wooden benches, huge trees and colonial architecture.
Visit these places and help children learn about their importance and history! Teach them to preserve heritage structures!
There are many other places you can explore like the Kempe Gowda Towers, K.R. Market, National Gallery of Modern Art, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat, MTR, Koshy’s, LIC Building, Town Hall, Lalbagh, Cubbon Park, Janapada Folk Arts Museum, Bull Temple, Venkataraman Temple, Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technical Museum, St Mark’s Cathedral, Venkatappa Art Gallery, Government Museum, Jamia Masjid and more!
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