Uzbekistan's Building Mosaic Artwork Attains Cultural Heritage Status

09:45 28 March 2024 Culture
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Following the resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers on March 25 of this year " On the inclusion of objects of tangible cultural heritage in the National List of Immovable Property ", mosaic compositions made on the walls of buildings located on the territory of the republic will be included in the National List of Real Estate Properties of Tangible Cultural Heritage.

The aim of updating the registry through this resolution is to facilitate comprehensive study, preservation, and strategic utilization of mosaics, panels, and fine art pieces, with a focus on enhancing their contribution to the country's tourism development.

The listed mosaics are included in the state cadastre. The cadastral documents of the objects will now include a record indicating their cultural value.

From now on, any activity on buildings (with objects included in the list) and their surrounding areas must receive approval from the Cultural Heritage Agency before the planned construction works.

The majority of mosaics listed are from Tashkent, with additional contributions from Nukus, Urgench, Khiva, Samarkand, Namangan, Andijan, Jizzakh, Kokand, Angren, Gulistan, and various regions. 

For years, the public and individual activists have championed the preservation of mosaics on buildings. Particularly in Tashkent, recent renovation efforts have seen a concerning trend of painting numerous mosaics on residential buildings. Many mosaics on high-rise buildings are covered with huge advertising banners.

The Cultural Heritage Agency, in collaboration with the Cadastre Agency and local khokims, will take measures to ensure the proper inclusion of these objects in the state cadastre list.

Any activity related to planned construction works on residential and non-residential buildings (with objects included in the list) and their surrounding areas can be done after receiving a conclusion from the Cultural Heritage Agency.

Records denoting the cultural value of these objects will be incorporated into the cadastral documents.

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