Spain's Andalucia Region to Help Develop Varanasi

October 13, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: WebIndia123

Wire Service: IANS

Spain's autonomous Andalucia region is to assist Unesco in preserving the cultural heritage of the Hindu holy town of Varanasi and to ensure the development of its urban areas on scientific lines.

"Andalucia is famous for its Islamic heritage cities of Seville and Granada and the collaboration is good way of bringing us together," the region's vice president, Gaspar Zarrias, told reporters here Friday.

"We will be providing technical assistance to Unesco to create an electronic archive where all the information about Varanasi would be collected and proceed ahead from there," he added.

"We have entered into this collaboration to not only preserve Varanasi's heritage but also to showcase our own culture and heritage and thus attract more Indian tourists to Andalucia," Zarrias maintained.