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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

 

HISTORIC KARACHI, PAKISTAN

Since the partition of British India in 1947, Pakistan's largest city has seen nearly a 50-fold population increase. As housing and infrastructure needs steadily rise and zoning regulations are relaxed, many of Karachi's historic buildings are at risk of demolition, abandonment, and neglect.
 HISTORIC KARACHI
PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY

DISASTER SITES OF THE CARIBBEAN, THE GULF, AND MEXICO

After a series of natural disasters tore through the Caribbean, the Gulf, and Mexico in August and September 2017, the status of heritage sites throughout the region require identification, assessment, and response.
PHOTOGRAPH BY ALFREDO ESTRELLA

ELIYAHU HANAVI SYNAGOGUE, EGYPT

Originally built in 1354, bombed by the French in 1798, and later rebuilt in 1850, the Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue is one of the last vestiges of the Jewish community of Alexandria. In recent years the synagogue fell into disrepair and in 2017, the Egyptian government reportedly approved a $2.2 million plan to restore the structure.
PHOTOGRAPH BY ROLAND UNGER

GOVERNMENT HOUSE, ST. JOHN'S, ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

The 17th-century historic Government House is the official residence and office of the Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda. Crumbling sections of the property are in dire need of renovation after enduring years of drought, hurricanes, and earthquakes. A local initiative has been launched to restore the property, and use it to bolster community and educational activities.
PHOTOGRAPH BY PHILIP LOGAN

GRAND THEATER, PRINCE KUNG'S MANSION, CHINA

Considered among the best-preserved imperial mansions in the Beijing, the 19th-century Prince Kung Mansion boasts large siheyuan-style courtyards and gardens. Its theater building needs repairs and restoration that will require both local and international expertise to maintain its original appearance.
PHOTOGRAPH BY YU ZHIXIN

LIFTA, JERUSALEM, ISRAEL

Lifta was a traditional Palestinian Arab village in Jerusalem that was inhabited from ancient times until the mid 20th-century. The ruins are now threatened by a redevelopment plan that seeks to replace the archaeological remains with housing and shopping complexes.
PHOTOGRAPH BY NIR NAVOT

JEWISH QUARTER OF ESSAOUIRA, MOROCCO

Established as a trading post between Africa and Europe in the mid 18th-century, Essaouira is known its long history of religious diversity and tolerance. After the creation of the State of Israel, most of the Jewish community living in Mellah, the Jewish Quarter, left Morocco. Many of its distinct Moorish and Art Deco buildings now lay abandoned and in disrepair.
PHOTOGRAPH BY PETER FORSBERG

KAGAWA PREFECTURAL GYMNASIUM, JAPAN

Built in 1964 by architect Kenzo Tange, the Brutalist-style Kagawa Prefectural Gymnasium hosted local sporting events in Takamatsu. After 50 years of operation, it closed its doors in 2014 and remains unused—it’s rehabilitation and preservation will depend on finding a new use for the building.
PHOTOGRAPH BY NORIYUKI KAWANISHI
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