Monuments at the Vihara Complex, Kandy, Sri Lanka
© UNESCO 1998
National implementing agency : Central Cultural Fund (CCF) Project duration: 1990-1996
Total project cost: US$ 226,300
"Kandy, inscribed on the World Heritage List, is remarkable for its beautiful natural setting and its palace buildings, shrines and British period buildings, which lend it a distinctive character. Mainly of single storey construction in wood, brick and stucco with graceful overhanging tiled roofs in the distinctive Kandy style, most of these buildings date from the time of the Sinhara kings.
Through continuous occupation of these buildings, many inappropriate additions and alterations had been carried out by the occupants.
CCF, the national institution in charge, has performed conservation work on one of the wings of the Alms Hall and five temples. The objective of the UNESCO/Japan Trust Fund project was to preserve fourteen priestly dwellings and four other religious structures. Thus, measured drawings were prepared and photographs taken so that the conservators can understand the additions and alterations carried out in the past. Conservation and restoration work was successfully carried out by skilled local craftsmen under the supervision of the experts of CCF."
(Extract from "Preservation of Cultural Heritage through the UNESCO/Japanese Trust Fund" p.21)
Copyright : 2013 Permanent Delegation of Japan to UNESCO