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From Machu Picchu to the Merritt Parkway: World Monuments Fund Announces Watch List

machupicchu.jpgThe World Monuments Fund has announced its 2010 World Monuments Watch, a biennial list of at-risk cultural heritage sites. The new list consists of 93 sites from 47 countries. Along with the famous and ancient—Machu Picchu (pictured), Pakistani petroglyphs, Bhutan’s fragile Phajoding monastery—the list highlights the plight of modern architecture. Fifteen sites, including Connecticut’s Merritt Parkway, date from the 20th century. Modern buildings on the 2010 Watch include Frank Lloyd Wright‘s Taliesin and Taliesin West, in the United States, and the now-abandoned Sanatorium Joseph Lemaire, in Belgium. Also making the list is Las Pozas, the “Surrealist Xanadu” created by eccentric British artist Charles James in Xilitia, Mexico. Constructed in the mid-20th century, the series of canals, pools, and architectural follies is now crumbling and being engulfed by the surrounding jungle, according to the WMF.

“With a greater number of urban centers and cultural landscapes, this year’s Watch reflects a growing understanding that heritage cannot be preserved in isolation, but rather must be addressed as part of a broad physical and social context,” explained Erica Avrami, WMF’s Research and Education Director, in a statement accompanying the 2010 list. “Not all sites on the Watch are in imminent danger. Many face challenges on the horizon, providing the opportunity to engage in dialogue and decision-making now, so as to avoid problems in the future.”

Read on for the full WMF 2010 World Monuments Watch list.


AFGHANISTAN

  • Old City of Herat

    ARGENTINA

  • Buenos Aires Historic Center
  • Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires

    ARMENIA

  • Aghjots Monastery, Garni Village

    AUSTRIA

  • Wiener Werkbundsiedlung, Vienna

    BAHRAIN

  • Suq al-Qaysariya, Muharraq

    BELGIUM

  • Sanatorium Joseph Lemaire, Tombeek

    BHUTAN

  • Phajoding, Thimphu

    BOLIVIA

  • Convento-Museo Santa Teresa, Cochabamba
  • Misiones Jesuíticas de Chiquitos

    CHILE

  • Churches of Arica Parinacota

    COLOMBIA

  • San Fernando and San José Fortresses, Cartagena de Indias
  • Santa Fe de Antioquia Historic Center

    COMOROS

  • Ujumbe Palace, Mutsamudu

    CYPRUS

  • Historic Walled City of Famagusta

    ECUADOR

  • Todos Santos Complex, Cuenca

    EGYPT

  • New Gourna Village, Luxor, West Bank
  • Old Mosque of Shali Fortress, Siwa Oasis

    FRANCE

  • Hôtel de Monnaies, Villemagne l’Argentière
  • Parish Church of Saint-Martin-des-Puits

    GREECE

  • Churches of Lesvos

    GUATEMALA

  • Kaminaljuyu, Guatemala City

    HAITI

  • Gingerbread Houses, Port-au-Prince

    INDIA

  • Chiktan Castle, Kargil
  • Dechen Namgyal Gonpa, Nyoma
  • Historic Civic Centre of Shimla
  • Kothi, Qila Mahmudabad

    IRAQ

  • Al-Hadba’ Minaret, Mosul

    IRELAND

  • Russborough, Blessington, County Wicklow

    ISRAEL

  • Old City of Lod

    OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM

  • Cathedral of Saint James

    ITALY

  • Historic Center of Craco
  • Ponte Lucano, Tivoli
  • Villa of San Gilio, Oppido Lucano

    JAPAN

  • Kyoto Machiya Townhouses

    JORDAN

  • Damiya Dolmen Field, Jordan Valley

    KAZAKHSTAN

  • Vernacular Architecture of the Kazakh Steppe Sary-Arka

    LAO PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC

  • Hintang Archaeological Landscape, Houameuang District
  • Tam Ting, Nam Kong River at Ban Pak Ou

    MEXICO

  • Acueducto de Tembleque, Zempoala to Otumba
  • Las Pozas, Xilitla
  • Templo de San Bartolo Soyaltepec
  • Templo de San Felipe Tindaco, Tlaxiaco
  • Templo y Convento de los Santos Reyes, Convento de la Communidad, Metztitlán

    REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA

  • Assumption of Our Lady Church, Causeni

    MOROCCO

  • Lixus, Larache

    PAKISTAN

  • Petroglyphs in the Diamer-Basha Dam Area, Northern Areas
  • Shikarpoor Historic City Center

    PANAMA

  • Colón Historic Center Corozal Cemetery, Panama City
  • Mount Hope Cemetery, Colón

    PARAGUAY

  • La Santísima Trinidad del Paraná, Trinidad

    PERU

  • Chankillo, San Rafael District
  • Jesuit Churches of San José and San Javier, Nazca
  • Pachacamac Sanctuary, Lurín Pikillaqta, Cuzco
  • Santuario Histórico Machu Picchu, Cuzco
  • Tambo Colorado, Humay
  • San Francisco de Asís de Marcapata
  • Santa Cruz de Jerusalén de Juli

    PHILIPPINES

  • Nuestra Señora de la Asunción Church, Municipality of Santa Maria
  • Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras, Ifugao
  • San Sebastian Basilica, Manila

    ROMANIA

  • Fortified Churches of Southern Transylvania, Sibiu

    RUSSIAN FEDERATION

  • Church of the Icon of the Mother of Godof the Sign, Podolsk District

    SLOVAKIA

  • Lietava Castle

    SOUTH AFRICA

  • Wonderwerk Cave, Ga-Segonyana/Kuruman

    SPAIN

  • Historic Landscape of Sevilla
  • Historic Landscape of Toledo
  • Numancia, Soria and Garray
  • Old Town of Ávila
  • Route of Santiago de Compostela
  • Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, Barcelona

    SRI LANKA

  • Dutch Fort in Batticaloa

    TANZANIA

  • Pangani Historic Town

    UGANDA

  • Wamala King’s Tombs, Nansana, Wakiso District

    UNITED KINGDOM

  • Carlisle Memorial Methodist Church, Belfast
  • Edinburgh Historic Graveyards
  • Sheerness Dockyard
  • St. John the Evangelist Parish Church, Shobdon
  • Tecton Buildings at Dudley Zoological Gardens

    UNITED STATES

  • The Atlanta-Fulton Central Public Library, Atlanta, Georgia
  • The Bridges of the Merritt Parkway, Connecticut
  • Cultural Landscape of Hadley, Massachusetts
  • Miami Marine Stadium, Florida
  • Phillis Wheatley Elementary School, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • St. Louis Cemetery No. 2, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Taliesin, Spring Green, Wisconsin
  • Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Taos Pueblo, New Mexico

    UZBEKISTAN

  • Desert Castles of Ancient Khorezm, Republic of Karakalpakstan

    VENEZUELA

  • Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas
  • Parque del Este, Caracas
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