Terracotta work in historic buildings- A case of Islamic and Hindu Architecture in West Bengal

This paper throws light on terracotta, its history, composition, and its use as a building material in historic buildings with Islamic and Hindu Architecture of West Bengal. The main objective is to discuss the construction method practiced through the case study and the various conservation practices taken up for these structures that have incorporated traditional methods of construction and highly intricate craftsmanship.


“These old buildings (Tangible Heritage) do not belong to us alone; they belonged to our forefathers and they will belong to our descendants unless we pay them false. They are not in any sense our property to do as we like with them. We are only trustees for those that come after us” -William Morris, 1877, Society for Protection of Ancient Buildings

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