What Makes Ahmedabad India's First UNESCO World Heritage City?

What Makes Ahmedabad India's First UNESCO World Heritage City?
Sidi Saiyyed Jalli, also known as the ‘Tree of Life Jali’ is a popular landmark and the city's symbol, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

For centuries dynasties came and went and each time left a piece of it in the city. This is one well-preserved old city

Precious Kamei
January 01 , 2019
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The date was July 8, 2017. Old Ahmadabad was declared India's first UNESCO World Heritage City. What a proud moment! Many dynasties came and went before Ahmadabad became a walled city during the period of Sultan Ahmed Shah in 1411 A.D. The city saw many rulers and leaders, so many influences, some made walls and mosques and some fought against all odds and brought the country to what it is right now. Ahmedabad or as the locals call it 'Amdavad', has a rich history whose strong presence one can't deny. Of many aspects that make this beautiful, commercial hub of a city, a World Heritage City, here are six that you should be aware of anyway. 

Sidi Saiyyed Mosque was built during 1572-73, now an iconic city landmark


The stunning architecture of Adalaj ki vav, a stepwell built in 1498 in the memory of Rana Veer Singh, by his wife Queen Rudadevi


Sarkhej Roza Mosque, one of the most revered mosques in the city


The grand 1848 Hutheesing Jain Derasar, city's best known Jain temple


One of the pols in the city. Pols are centuries old housing clusters


House of Mangaldas Girdhardas, a 1924 home of a wealthy textile magnate. Now a popular tourist attraction and a boutique heritage hotel


Sabarmati Ashram, popularly known as Gandhi Ashram


This room at the Gandhi Ashram belonged to Mahatma Gandhi

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