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January 29, 2014

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Santa Maria Antiqua the Focus of Three-Day Conference in Rome

Posted by Lisa Ackerman, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
The Teodata Chapel in Santa Maria Antiqua after conservation
The Teodata Chapel in Santa Maria Antiqua after conservation

When I first visited Santa Maria Antiqua in 2001, I could not have imagined that the culmination of the conservation program would be a stimulating three-day conference at the British School at Rome. I was fortunate to visit Santa Maria Antiqua with a certain regularity over the years.

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January 27, 2014

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The Ngada House, a Spiritual Guardian

Posted by by Barbara J. Anello-Adnani, with information provided by Dr. Watu Yohannes Vianey, Professor, Faculty of Philosophy, Religion and Culture, Universitas Katolik Widya Mandira
World Monuments Fund

Between two live volcanos, Gunung Inerie and Gunung Deru, lies the Ngada village of Guru Sina on Flores, Indonesia, with a total of 27 sa’o (houses)—not more, not less—lived in, maintained, and reconstructed when necessary. In this way, traditional forms continue, yet structures are renewed, revitalized, and continue to be functional.

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January 21, 2014

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An Overview of the Challenges Facing the Great Synagogue of Iaşi

Posted by Lucia Apostol, Deputy Director, Development & Preservation of the Patrimony (FEDROM)
World Monuments Fund

The Great Synagogue of Iaşi is one of two synagogues left in Iaşi and is the oldest existing Jewish religious architectural monument in Romania.

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January 14, 2014

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Wat Chaiwatthanaram
Wat Chaiwatthanaram during the devastating 2011 flood, ©UNESCO/S. Chaiyasook

On January 9, at the National Museum in Bangkok, a ceremony commemorated an award of $700,000 to World Monuments Fund from the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation and the U.S. Embassy of Bangkok for ongoing conservation activities at Wat Chaiwatthanaram, a seventeenth-century Buddhist temple in Ayutthaya, the former capital of the Siamese kingdom of the same name.

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January 10, 2014

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A Visit to the Frick

Posted by Kristen Ahye, Field Programs Intern
World Monuments Fund
Photo by Paul Rivera

On one of the coldest days of the year 15 students, two teachers, and two WMF staff members huddled in the entryway of the Frick Collection. As fingers and toes began to regain feeling there was a noticeable shift in sentiment—contentment at having escaped the cold gave way to wonderment as the group began to fully appreciate its surroundings.

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