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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Machu Picchu on Endangered List

Peru's Machu Picchu ancient ruins, Antoni Gaudi's Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona and a New Orleans elementary school are among the cultural heritage sites threatened by neglect or overdevelopment, a preservationist group said Tuesday.

The World Monuments Fund's watch list for 2010 includes 93 sites in 47 countries, ranging from Phajoding, a remote monastery in Bhutan, to the bridges along Connecticut's scenic Merritt Parkway. Read more about the destruction of Machu Picchu


WillOaks Studio said...

I saw this report and was especially concerned about Gaudi's work--probably because I spent a lot of time many years ago exploring all the architecture he created in Barcelona and I adore his work--the cathedral, Parc Quell, the private homes...And, now that I found your blog again, post Entrecard, you're on my blogroll!! I've really slowed down with dropping but still try to find and follow blogs I like ;-D

Cruiselife & Co said...

It really is quite sad. I could never imagine tearing down a structure that means so much to the locals. Furthermore, in the case of the mass industrialization in this country and around the world, I just don't understand why historians, archaeologists, and activists are not taking more action.

Mandy said...

Oh no! That is terrible news! I must make a plan to go visit both Machu Picchu and Gaudi's works.

Rhett said...

Never a good thing when the past fades from memory and worst yet when we destroy it. I would not like to be in charge of trying to save a tourist attraction that the tourists are destroying by just going and seeing them! Man what a problem, I promote travel and getting out to see the wonders of the world but I do not want it hurting the world. If anything its like diving on a reef, you do not touch it because it will hurt it. It is well known because the instructors tell you before you go in the water. Maybe just because we are getting the knowledge out there it will make a difference.
Rhett out

Cruiselife & Co said...

Thanks for the comments everyone.


Hopefully you will get the chance, and I'm sure you will.


It really does change my perspective on where I travel and what type of imprint my being there is making on the landscape.

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