WMF Journal


March 28, 2012

Syndicate content

Raising Awareness of Cultural Heritage in Palestine: Conference in Paris Focuses on St. Hilarion

Posted by By René Elter, co-director of the French-Palestinian Archaeological Expedition at Gaza, and Alessandra Peruzzetto, WMF Program Specialist for Archaeology and the Middle East
World Monuments Fund

The Monastery of Saint Hilarion in Gaza was the focus of a two-day workshop at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris in March. French and Palestinian authorities and heritage professionals gathered together to discuss and present to a group of experts and interested people the archaeological and conservation activities developed both in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Read more

March 22, 2012

Syndicate content

An Overview of Ha Long Bay’s Fishing Villages

Posted by Linh Phuong Nguyen, Director of Research Centre for Management and Sustainable Development in Hanoi
World Monuments Fund

Ha Long Bay, on Vietnam’s northeastern seacoast, is often considered one of the world’s most beautiful bays. In 1994 and 2000, UNESCO recognized Ha Long Bay as a World Heritage site for its remarkable landscape and geomorphology. It was also listed as one of the New7Wonders of Nature in 2011.

Read more

March 21, 2012

Syndicate content

Tradition and Modernity Meet in Hạ Long Bay

Posted by Ken Feisel, Art Director
Hạ Long Bay

I'm in the back of a stuffy tourist van bound for Hạ Long Bay, barreling down the middle of a barely passable, pothole-filled road just east of Hanoi. After ten days working on World Monuments Fund projects in Cambodia, I figured a few days of vacation on a cruise among the bay's countless limestone karsts would be nice and relaxing. Which it probably will be, if my traveling companion and I survive this shuttle bus ride from hell. So for now the driver is screaming at someone on his cell phone as he swerves back and forth across the road trying to dodge the oncoming traffic, the potholes, and random bicycles, pushcarts, tuktuks, and water buffalo. The woman in front of me just unwrapped a lox-and-onion sandwich, and as the smell of it blends with the heavy Hà Nội smog, we're all turning a bit green. Ah, the joys of international travel.

Read more

March 19, 2012

Syndicate content

Hadrian’s Villa, Near Tivoli, at Risk

Posted by Bernard Frischer, Professor of Archaeology and Classics, University of Virginia
World Monuments Fund

Hadrian's Villa, the UNESCO World Heritage site near Tivoli, Italy, is at risk. It joins nearby Ponte Lucano—on the 2010 World Monuments Watch—as a site that requires the attention of everyone who cares about preserving the world's cultural heritage.

Read more

March 16, 2012

Syndicate content

One Year After the Japan Earthquake: A Journey, Part V

Posted by Henry Tzu Ng, Executive Vice President
World Monuments Fund

The commitment, if not fervor, to save these three buildings blazes forth in the eyes and words of the representatives of the local community with whom we are meeting. They come from city hall, cultural offices and university history departments who are working to save these landmarks. They feel these buildings are Kesennuma’s iconic structures. What would be the point of rebuilding their community if you do not save this history?

Read more