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Monuments That Face Extinction

There are some wonders in the world which are famous and well known but there are places are endangered and are getting ruined due to lack of attention and care. Many of these places have had a glorious history associated but people are not aware of them

 

 MATOBO HILLS CULTURAL LANDSCAPE, ZIMBABWE

In southern Zimbabwe, granite rock formations sweep across the landscape. Within the Matobo Hills, some of the earliest stages of human history are evidenced by more than 3,500 recorded rock art sites scattered among its caves, cliffs, and boulders—the highest concentration of rock art in all of Africa. Development and ever-dwindling natural resources threaten the landscape—deforestation and grazing expose the rock art to harsh sun and rain, human-caused fires raze the land, and graffiti defaces the ancient imagery.
 MATOBO HILLS
PHOTOGRAPH BY IMAGE BROKER

OLD CITY OF TA’IZZ, YEMEN

Known for its lavish palaces, mosques, and madrassas, Ta'izz was the capital of Yemen from 1229 to 1454. Three religious monuments from its golden age survived to present-day, but in recent years the city has been ravaged by an ongoing civil war that has killed more than ten thousand civilians and left millions in desperate need of humanitarian aid. In 2015, rebels seized control of Ta’izz’s citadel, which was then targeted by air strikes. In the past two years, shelling and fighting have damaged several historic buildings, including the Ta’izz National Museum and its manuscript collection, and a 16th-century mosque.
PHOTOGRAPH BY PIERRE BLANCHARD

POST-INDEPENDENCE ARCHITECTURE OF DELHI, INDIA

Unlike many of India’s ancient sites, Delhi’s Post-Independence architecture is not legally protected by the government. Without these protections, argues the WMF, these buildings are at risk of damage.
PHOTOGRAPH BY JOANA KRUSE

POTAGER DU ROI, FRANCE

The potager du Roi, or kitchen garden of the King, is located near the Palace of Versailles, and produced fresh vegetables and fruits for Louis XIV’s court. The grounds host more than 450 varieties of fruit trees and continue to produce 30 tons of fruit and 20 tons of vegetable today. According to WMF, an estimated 40 percent of the trees are in need of replacement.
PHOTOGRAPH BY SYLVAIN DUFFARD

RAMAL TALCA-CONSTITUCIÓN, CHILE

The last remaining rural railway branch in Chile, the 55-mile Ramal Talca-Constitución connects the city of Talca to the port of Constitución. In January 2017, forest fires damaged several sections of the railway, profoundly affecting local residents
PHOTOGRAPH BY ERICK CESPEDES

SIRIUS BUILDING, AUSTRALIA

An example of Brutalist architecture, Sydney’s iconic Sirius Building was constructed in 1979 to house public tenants who were being displaced by gentrification. By 2015, much of the building was abandoned and few residents remained. Seizing the opportunity, a company announced plans to demolish the building and replace it with luxury apartments, sparking protest in the community. In July 2017 the Land and Environment Court blocked the demolition of the building, claiming the government should have granted it protection as a heritage site
PHOTOGRAPH BY GLENN HARPER

SUKUR CULTURAL LANDSCAPE, NIGERIA

Nestled in the Mandara Mountains between Nigeria and Cameroon, the Sukur homeland is known for its terrace agriculture and iron market. In 1999, the Sukur Cultural Landscape became Nigeria’s first UNESCO World Heritage site, however since 2013 the site has suffered attacks by Boko Haram, an Islamic sectarian movement in Nigeria. Militants raided the plateau, razing and looting homes and crops.
PHOTOGRAPH BY DIPO ALAFIATAYO

TEBAIDA LEONESA, EL BIERZO, SPAIN

Sometimes called the “Valley of Silence,” the Tebaida Leonesa is home to anchoritic and monastic settlements dating back to the 7th century, including well-preserved medieval churches. As the region’s youth continue to leave the area in pursuit of economic opportunity, the remaining residents are under pressure to maintain the sites amidst the demands increasing tourism and fewer human resources.
PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY WORLD MONUMENTS FUND
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