United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) certified Walled City of Ahmedabad as world heritage city. With this announcement this 600 years old became India’s first city to get world heritage city status by UNESCO and overall third city of Asia. The certificate was received by Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani at Gandhinagar. It was handed over to Chief Minister Vijay Rupani by Irina Bokova- Director general of UNESCO.
There were total 250 cities in the race to get the world heritage city status but, Ahmedabad was selected among all. Earlier India secured nomination of Ahmedabad with UNESCO at 41st session of World Heritage Committee. With this India now has total 36 world heritage inscriptions as 28 cultural, 7 natural and 1 mixed sites. With this India has also become the second country in Asia Pacific region to have such number of world heritages and seventh in the world. Currently China has most number of world heritages in Asia Pacific region.
Walled city of Ahmedabad was founded by Ahmed Shah of Gujarat Sultante in 1500 Century. It is located on the eastern bank of Sabarmati river. The city has 28 Archaeological Survey of India’s centrally protected monuments.