Cultural heritage endangered round the world

From the ancient cities of Babylon and Palmyra to the tourist mecca of Venice, cultural heritage is endangered by forces such as rising sea levels, cruise tourism, and radical jihadists.

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The unintended consequences of UNESCO world heritage listing
The unintended consequences of UNESCO world heritage listing

While there are many benefits to being listed as a World Heritage Site, there are also unforeseen consequences.

Cultural heritage at risk: Turkey
Cultural heritage at risk: Turkey

One of the most archaeologically rich places in the world, Turkey’s urban development has left many sites exposed.

Cultural heritage at risk: Syria
Cultural heritage at risk: Syria

Militants have devastated cultural sites in Syria, and murdered the beloved head of antiquities at Palmyra.

Cultural heritage at risk: Cambodia
Cultural heritage at risk: Cambodia

Despite limited means to protect its heritage, Cambodia has taken important steps to safeguard major sites.

Cultural heritage at risk: Mali
Cultural heritage at risk: Mali

Recent internal conflict and historical turmoil have done irreparable harm to Mali’s exceptional cultural heritage.

Cultural heritage at risk: Peru
Cultural heritage at risk: Peru

Peru was a cradle of civilization, but even now their cultural heritage is under constant threat.

Cultural heritage at risk: United States
Cultural heritage at risk: United States

Vast federal lands, private ownership, and a hungry art market make heritage protection a challenge.

Saving Venice
Saving Venice

As this cultural capital sinks and sea levels rise, preservationists race against time.