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April 18, 2014

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Celebration at a Temple in Luxor, Egypt

Posted by Gaetano Palumbo, Ph.D., Program Director, North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia
Colossi of Memnon
Colossi of Memnon

The Amenhotep III Temple/Colossi of Memnon project in Luxor, Egypt, is probably one of the largest and most ambitious archaeological and conservation projects of our time. Dr. Hourig Sourouzian and her team took on the almost impossible task to recover and piece together the huge statues of the pharaoh that once flanked the three gates of the temple.

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April 18, 2014

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Venice’s Commemorative Monument to Bartolomeo Colleoni

Posted by Lisa Ackerman, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
World Monuments Fund
Bartolomeo Colleoni Monument

Bartolomeo Colleoni (1400–75) is far from a household name but his legacy was immortalized in a monumental equestrian statue found today in the Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo in Venice. To local Venetians, this is a very familiar spot as the Colleoni monument sits in front of the Basilica di Santi Giovanni e Paolo and the hospital of the same name.

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April 17, 2014

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A Plea for Volunteering: Young Architects at the Wooden Churches of Hunedoara

Posted by Maria Daria Oancea and Tudor Elian, architects, volunteers for Pro Patrimonio
World Monuments Fund
Tarnavita roof repairs, 2012

The 60 wooden churches project became very real all of a sudden when we were invited to take part in it as volunteers in the summer of 2012.

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April 16, 2014

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Work in Progress

Posted by Raluca Munteanu, project coordinator of Pro Patrimonio Romania
Church at Urși, 2014
Church at Urși, 2014

Those who travel in the southern area of the Carpatian Mountains can easy discover beautiful villages with small wooden churches spread throughout a scenic landscape. The life in these villages is changing, become modern, and so are also the houses. Small wooden construction are abandoned and destroyed.

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April 15, 2014

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Emergency Rescuing of 60 Wooden Churches: A Civil Society Mobilization

Posted by Caroline D'Assay, President of Pro Patrimonio France
World Monuments Fund
Caption: Craftsmen, volunteers, architects, restorers in 2013

Since 2009, a very important project has been underway in Romania focusing on the conservation of 60 wooden churches in the center of the country. These wonderful structures are part of the national heritage. However, these countryside treasures could disappear entirely since their remote location and diminishing congregations has meant fewer resources to care for them.

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