These are the 25 heritage sites ‘at risk’ of disappearing
New York-based World Monuments Fund has released its 2020 World Monuments Watch List – which now includes 25 ‘treasured places’ at risk from around the world.
The 2020 list includes places such as Notre-Dame in Paris, Easter Island and Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Incas. According to World Monuments, sites like these need urgent care least they disappear altogether.
Desecration, for example, has left Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument – a sacred site for indigenous groups in the United States at risk – as has airport construction close to Peru’s Sacred Valley.
The 25 sites span 21 countries, and date from prehistoric to the 20th century.
"The 2020 World Monuments Watch includes iconic treasures like Easter Island and socially-significant sites like the San Antonio Woolworth Building, reminding us that cherished places are determined not just by their architectural value, but also by their impact on communities around the world," said WMF CEO Bénédicte de Montlaur in a statement.
"These remarkable sites demand sustainable, community-led solutions that bring people together and fuse conservation with social change."
Here are the 25 sites:
Koutammakou, Land of the Batammariba, Benin and Togo
Ontario Place, Canada
Rapa Nui National Park, Chile
Alexan Palace, Egypt
Notre-Dame de Paris, France
Tusheti National Park, Georgia
Gingerbread Neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Historic Water Systems of the Deccan Plateau, India
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium, India
Mam Rashan Shrine, Iraq
Inari-yu Bathhouse, Japan
Iwamatsu District, Japan
Canal Nacional, Mexico
Choijin Lama Temple, Mongolia
Traditional Burmese Teak Farmhouses, Myanmar
Chivas and Chaityas of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal
Anarkali Bazaar, Pakistan
Sacred Valley of the Incas, Peru
Kindler Chapel, Pabianice Evangelical Cemetery, Poland
Courtyard Houses of Axerquía, Spain
Bennerley Viaduct, United Kingdom
Bears Ears National Monument, USA
Central Aguirre Historic District, USA
San Antonio Woolworth Building, USA
Traditional Houses in the Old Jewish Mahalla of Bukhara, Uzbekistan