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Nizamuddin Quarter Revived

Only a stone's throw from Lutyen’s Delhi – the seven centuries old Nizamuddin Quarter could not be more diverse, different and dissimilar than its elite neighbour. Dotted with centuries old shrines, tombs, and mausoleums, amidst and around a crowded yet vibrant residential area, the Nizamuddin area, named after the 14th century Sufi saint, is a cultural, architectural, and a spiritual preserve. Once an unassuming village, Ghiyaspur was renamed Nizamuddin following the saint’s death.

The Nizamuddin Urban Renewal Project – an Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) initiative in partnership with various agencies - is the first of its kind to combine conservation with environmental and socio-economic development. It aims to revitalise and unify the three long-neglected historical sites within the Nizamuddin Quarter - Humayun’s Tomb complex, Nizamuddin Basti and Sunder Nursery - into a distinctive heritage zone that spreads over 200 acres and encloses at least 75 medieval monuments - the densest and an unmatched collection of medieval Islamic monuments in India.  The conservation and restoration works, which are still ongoing, have faithfully and meticulously preserved the original design, by engaging master craftsmen and using traditional building materials, tools, and original building techniques. The outcome is astounding.



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