The World Monuments Fund has released its 2022 World Monuments Watch. The Watch spotlights 25 significant but endangered heritage sites.
The World Monuments Fund is an independent organisation devoted to safeguarding heritage sites. Launched in 1996, the Watch is announced every two years. To date, the World Monuments Fund has contributed more than $110 million toward projects at more than 300 Watch sites.
The 2022 open call resulted in more than 225 nominations that underwent extensive internal and external review by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and an independent panel of international heritage experts responsible for the final selection.
Representing 24 countries and spanning nearly 12,000 years of history, the 2022 Watch encompasses a broad range of examples of how global challenges manifest and intersect at heritage sites, providing opportunities to improve the lives of communities as they adapt for the future.
2022 World Monuments Watch
Among the endangered heritage sites are 3 sites in Europe:
- Hurst Castle in Lymington, United Kingdom
- Alcântara and Rocha do Conde de Óbidos Marine Stations (Almada Negreiros Murals) in Lisbon, Portugal
- Fabric Synagogue and Jewish Heritage of Timișoara in Romania
The other 22 endangered heritage sites are:
- Kinchela Aboriginal Boys Training Home in Australia
- La Maison du Peuple in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
- Mosque City of Bagerhat in Bangladesh
- Lamanai in Belize
- Monte Alegre State Park in Brazil
- Monte Alegre State Park in Fujian, China
- Abydos in Egypt
- Asante Traditional Buildings in Kumasi, Ghana
- Sumba Island in Indonesia
- Tiretta Bazaar in Kolkata, India
- Cultural Landscape of the Bunong People in the Mondulkiri, Cambodia
- Heritage Buildings of Beirut in Lebanon
- Benghazi Historic City Center in Libya
- Benghazi Historic City Center in Maldives
- Teotihuacan in Mexico
- Hitis (Water Fountains) of the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal
- Tomb of Jahangir in Lahore, Pakistan
- Yanacancha-Huaquis Cultural Landscape in Miraflores, Peru
- Nuri in Sudan
- Africatown in Mobile, Alabama, United States
- Garcia Pasture in Brownsville, Texas, United States
- Soqotra Archipelago in Yemen
Watch the announcement in the video below:
Source: World Monuments Fund.