World heritage structure & an archaeological marvel, but in danger of deteriorating; Herald Goa
The evidence that the Basilica of Bom Jesus, a world heritage site declared by UNESCO, is desperately crying for attention was presented by Herald a few weeks ago. The 400-year-old structure is absorbing water and the walls remain damp for a good part of the year, even after the monsoons. This has raised concerns among architects, conservationists and others. The historical monument needs immediate attention. Taking a deeper look at the condition of the Basilica of Bom Jesus, and what can be done to keep it standing for future generations, HERALD and Arch FERNANDO VELHO pose a few questions to Fr Patricio Fernandes sj, the Rector of the Basilica, who is experiencing firsthand the deterioration of the structure and architect Dr Vishvesh Kandolkar, whose PhD thesis focussed on the cultural history of the Basilica.