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Capitol Complex in Chandigarh: The Latest Addition to UNESCO Sites!

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Published: Thursday, July 21, 2016, 10:41 [IST]
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The seat of power, the Capitol Complex of Chandigarh gains heritage status along with other UNESCO sites. This addition was declared on Sunday by the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO. Capitol Complex is one of the 21 newly added World Heritage Sites.

This major landmark of Chandigarh has three buildings: the Secretariat, Palace of Assembly and the High Court. The complex is spread across 100 acres of land and is also a masterpiece of Chandigarh's architectural expertise.

Some Facts About Capitol Complex in Chandigarh

Open Hand

Open Hand Monument
Photo Courtesy: Ravjot Singh 

i. The Open Hand Monument

The Open Hand monument is one of the highlights of the Capitol Complex. Designed by architect Le Corbusier, the structure is the emblem of the Government of Chandigarh. The message imparted by the Open Hand monument is "the hand to give and the hand to take; peace and prosperity, and the unity of mankind".

This metal structure is 46ft high, weighing around 50 tons, designed in such a way that the hand rotates with the wind. Located at the Shivalik mountain range, the sight of the Open Hand is one to marvel.

Palace Assembly

Palace Assembly
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ii. Palace of Assembly

The legislative assembly, known as the Palace of Assembly, was designed by the architect Le Corbusier. It is interesting that Le Corbusier has built many noted buildings of Chandigarh. He was appointed by the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, after Punjab was partitioned and Chandigarh was the new capital city.

iii. High Court

The High Court serves as a high court for both Punjab and Haryana. This structure is one of the major buildings built by the architect Le Corbusier. This court building is popularly called as the Palace of Justice.

The other attractions in The Capitol Complex are the Geometric Hill and the Tower of Shadows.

The Capitol Complex is now one of the World Heritage Sites in India, along with other sites like the Taj Mahal. the monuments at Hampi, the Buddhist monuments at Sanchi, Red Fort Complex in Delhi, monuments at Khajuraho, Ajanta & Ellora caves, etc.

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