25 of the world’s most endangered places

Bennerley Viaduct near Ilkeston, Derbyshire is one of only two surviving wrought iron railway viaducts in the United Kingdom.
Bennerley Viaduct, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, United Kingdom. Image: Grant Shaw, Wikimedia.

For the Notre-Dame de Paris in France, the threats to a world-famous cathedral come from the damage caused during a fire. In the United States, Bears Ears National Monument is threatened by a federal government plan to reduce the size of lands acres to Native American people. And in Peru’s Cusco region, the construction of an airport threatens sacred Inca valleys near Machu Picchu.

The World Monuments Fund added 25 culturally important sites to its 2020 World Monuments Watch list of threatened heritage sites with historical significance. The list is updated every other year and for 2019 includes the following sites:

1. Koutammakou, Land of the Batammariba, Benin and Togo 
2. Ontario Place, Canada 
3. Rapa Nui National Park, Chile 
4. Alexan Palace, Egypt 
5. Notre-Dame de Paris, France 
6. Tusheti National Park, Georgia 
7. Gingerbread Neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti 
8. Historic Water Systems of the Deccan Plateau, India 
9. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium, India 
10. Mam Rashan Shrine, Iraq 
11. Inari-yu Bathhouse, Japan 
12. Iwamatsu District, Japan 
13. Canal Nacional, Mexico 
14. Choijin Lama Temple, Mongolia 
15. Traditional Burmese Teak Farmhouses, Myanmar 
16. Chivas and Chaityas of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal 
17. Anarkali Bazaar, Pakistan
18. Sacred Valley of the Incas, Peru 
19. Kindler Chapel, Pabianice Evangelical Cemetery, Poland 
20. Courtyard Houses of Axerquía, Spain 
21. Bennerley Viaduct, United Kingdom 
22. Bears Ears National Monument, USA 
23. Central Aguirre Historic District, USA 
24. San Antonio Woolworth Building, USA 
25. Traditional Houses in the Old Jewish Mahalla of Bukhara, Uzbekistan

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