Bhubaneswar, Nov 10 (LocalWire): Students from KIIT University, double Franco-German Master’s programme of National School of Architecture of Strasbourg (ENSAS), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology as well as students from Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture (KRVIA), Mumbai were mesmerized during the weekend trails in the capital today.
The 25-member group, researching on the best practices that can bring a balance between the heritage and smart spaces of Bhubaneswar, is in the city as part of an exchange workshop.
Emanuelle Rombach from France was mesmerised by the cave architecture of Khandagiri Udaygiri and the temple architecture in Old Town.
He remarked, ‘We are in awe of the ancient style, practices and tradition of temple art in Odisha.
The heritage monuments lend a beautiful identity to the city of Bhubaneswar and we are happy to know the story of the city through these guided walks.’
Karen, from Papua New Guinea, said, ‘This was a walk of a lifetime! We got to explore and understand people, community, traditions and culture of Odisha.’
The history of Bhubaneswar may be viewed in two phases: ancient and modern.
While the ancient city has a history that goes back to more than 3000 years to the Kalinga empire, the modern city came into existence in 1948.
Modern Bhubaneswar was designed and planned by German Architect Otto H Konigsberger in 1946 with wide roads, multiple gardens and parks to shape the city serving as the administrative seat of the state.
Bhubaneswar, also known as city of temples has rich architectural treasures with a series of ancient sandstone temples, heritage ponds and water tanks in a complete record of Kalinga architecture spanning over 2,000 years from the 3rd century BC to the 15th century AD.
Ekamra Walks – the guided walks through its water bodies, landscapes, streets and temples helps reconnect visitors with the city’s glorious past.