Part of: Prelims and GS- I – History
Context: The Cheraman Juma Masjid in Kerala, the oldest mosque in the Indian subcontinent that dates back to 629 AD, and the Holy Cross Church at Chendamangalam built by Jesuit priests in 1577 AD, were recently renovated under the Muziris Heritage Project.
- The Government of Kerala has initiated the Muziris Heritage Project to reinstate the historical and cultural significance of the legendary port of Muziris.
- The Muziris Heritage Project is one of the biggest conservation projects in India, where the state and the central governments have come together to conserve a rich culture that is as old as 3000 years or more.
- The region is dotted with numerous monuments of a bygone era that conjure up a vast and vivid past.
- The entire project is designed to involve and integrate the local community in all intended developmental initiatives.
News source: TH