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