WMF Journal


December 1, 2014

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Conservation Work During the 2013–2014 Work Season at Qalhât

Posted by Chamsia Sadozaï, 2013–2014 Site Supervisor for Conservation
World Monuments Fund

The ancient city of Qalhât lies between the reddish Hajjar mountain range and the Gulf of Oman, near the modern city of Sur. Dominated by the famous mausoleum of Bibi Maryam, the only standing remain of the city's richness, the archaeological site looks like a huge stone field. But after looking carefully one can see aligned coral stonewalls, and even streets and squares.

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November 26, 2014

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Shikarpoor Heritage Inventory and Mapping: Empowering the Community through Information Sharing

Posted by Dr. Anila Naeem, Professor & Co-Chairperson, Department of Architecture and Planning, NED University of Engineering and Technology
World Monuments Fund

An official gazette notification in September 1998 by the Government of Sindh's Department of Culture declared "Shikarpoor Historic Town" a protected heritage site under the Sindh Cultural Heritage Preservation Act of 1994. This included legal protection for houses built up to 1950 and their wood and iron works.

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November 25, 2014

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A Fading Legacy of Sindh’s Urban History

Posted by Dr. Anila Naeem, Professor & Co-Chairperson, Department of Architecture and Planning, NED University of Engineering and Technology
World Monuments Fund

Shikarpoor, today an insignificant small town in Sindh with less than 200,000 people, historically enjoyed the status of being a prestigious urban center. It played a pivotal role as the nerve center of a network of trade, commerce, and money-lending activities for an extensive network of caravan routes connecting Central Asia, Afghanistan, and Iran with India.

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November 18, 2014

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Saint Catherine's Should Not Lose Its Sky

Posted by Basta de Demoler
World Monuments Fund

The Church and Monastery of St Catherine of Sienna stand in about a third of a block in downtown Buenos Aires.

It was the first monastery for cloistered nuns in Buenos Aires city, built in 1745
for the St Catherine's nuns of the Dominican Order.

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November 12, 2014

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The Colors of the Prince: Conservation and Knowledge in Qusayr 'Amra

Posted by Gaetano Palumbo, Ph.D., Program Director, North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia
World Monuments Fund

On October 22 and 23 I was back in my hometown, Rome, to participate in an international conference organized by the Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione ed il Restauro, our partner in the Qusayr 'Amra conservation project.

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