The Database of Cultural Assets Mapped under the Norway-Funded Project


Cultural Heritage of Peshawar

Peshawar has been the custodian of many cultures and civilizations. The glimpses are reflected from the remains and other cultural heritage scattered all over the district. Location of Peshawar at the cultural crossroad has greatly enriched its culture and traditions, which is evident from the colorful bazaars, spicy cuisines, fabulous handicraft, bay windows, Jharokas, and rich architecture with intricate paintwork and woodwork in the walled city. UNESCO Islamabad under the Norway funded project started mapping of Cultural assets in 2009 and carried out GIS based mapping of cultural assets in Peshawar.

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Cultural Heritage of Bahawalpur

Bahawalpur was once the princely state of India and was home to various Nawabs. The city is located near the historical and ancient cities of Uch and Harrapa. Bahawalpur has a rich heritage and is an important hot spot for historians as well as archeologists. The city is known for its famous palaces such as the Noor Mahal, Sadiq Ghar Palace, and Darbar Mahal, as well as the ancient fort of Derawar in the Cholistan Desert bordering India. Bahawalpur is also famous for its cotton, silk, embroidery, carpets and pottery. This cultural heritage has been mapped by UNESCO under the Norway-funded project "Mapping of Cultural Assets in Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa and Punjab"

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Cultural Heritage of Mansehra

District Mansehra is located on Karakorum Highway at a distance of 24 km to the north of Abbottabad.. Mansehra is named after Man Singh, governor general under Ranjit Singh a famous Sikh ruler. Mansehra has a very old history in the Sub-Continent. Different traditions have been recorded among the inhabitants by the historians in order to construct its history. Its geographical boundaries have constantly been changed in the times of various Rajas, Maharajah's and Kings in the past and this has greatly enriched the culture heritage of this region. UNESCO Islamabad started mapping of cultural heritage in Mansehra in 2009 and mapped almost 200 sites.

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Cultural Heritage of Mardan

Mardan city, located at a distance of 60 kilometers from Peshawar, is the second biggest city of North West Frontier Province with a population of over 1.6 million people. Mardan was a part of the ancient Gandhara Civilization, from 500 B.C. to 10 A.D. It is in this region that the Gandhara civilization emerged and became the cradle of Buddhism. The intriguing record of Gandhara civilization, discovered in the 20th century, are found in the archeological sites spread over Mardan and its peripheries including Takht-i-Bahi, Sehri Bahlol, Shahbaz Garhi, Jamal Garhi, Sawal Dher, Mekha Sanda, Chanakai Dheri, and Aziz Dheri. UNESCO Islamabad started Mapping of cultural heritage in Maran in 2010 and mapped almost 130 sites.

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Cultural Heritage of Multan

Multan is one of the oldest cities of South Asia and known as the city of Saints' tombs. The cultural assets of Multan encompasses a vast diversity ranging from the rich intangible culture including poetic and literary traditions, alluring music associated with Sufi shrines, rich folk traditions of dance, music, rites and customs, value system, variety of handicraft skills, to the amazing tangible cultural heritage ranging from ancient archaeological sites, public institutional buildings and historical tombs of Muslim saints. This heritage has been mapped by UNESCO under the Norway funded project.

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