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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While there are many benefits to being listed as a World Heritage Site, there are also unforeseen consequences.
One of the most archaeologically rich places in the world, Turkey’s urban development has left many sites exposed.
Militants have devastated cultural sites in Syria, and murdered the beloved head of antiquities at Palmyra.
Despite limited means to protect its heritage, Cambodia has taken important steps to safeguard major sites.
Recent internal conflict and historical turmoil have done irreparable harm to Mali’s exceptional cultural heritage.
Peru was a cradle of civilization, but even now their cultural heritage is under constant threat.
Vast federal lands, private ownership, and a hungry art market make heritage protection a challenge.
As this cultural capital sinks and sea levels rise, preservationists race against time.