25 World Monuments That Must Be Saved from War, Disasters, Climate Change—and 'Progress'

Twenty-five cultural heritage sites we are in danger of losing—or have lost forever.
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25 World Monuments That Must Be Saved from War, Disasters, Climate Change—and 'Progress' World Monument Fund

Monuments such as the Taj Mahal and the rock temples of Petra aren't just beautiful—they teach us about human history.

But even the most beloved shrine isn't impervious from destruction: The Great al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul dates to the 12th century, but was blown up by ISIS in 2017 before they lost control of the city.

Other threats are less dramatic: The Buffalo Central Terminal in upstate New York, a grand Art Deco railroad station dating to 1929, has fallen into neglect in the 30 years sice it was closed, the victim of shifting travel needs.

Other sites fall prety to natural disasters and gentrification.

Below, Newsweek explores the 25 most vulnerable sites on the 2018 World Monument Fund watchlist.

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Post-Independence Architecture of Delhi. The recent demolition of a modern Delhi landmark should act as a wake-up call. The city's post-independence architecture lacks official recognition and, therefore, legal protection from demolition. To address this, a 2013 survey proposed landmark designation for 62 buildings in Delhi, all constructed after 1947. One of these was The Hall of Nations (pictured here), a complex of exhibition halls built for the 1972 International Trade Fair, symbolizing Indian self-confidence in industry, innovation, and progress. In April 2017 this iconic modern building was demolished overnight, a shameful episode that took place only days before a court hearing that might have granted legal protection to the site. Ariel Huber, Lausanne/World Monuments Fund