WMF Journal


June 14, 2012

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Updates from Ulug Depe and Paris

Posted by Posted by Olivier Lecomte, Director of the “Mission Archéologique Franco-Turkmène d’Ulug-Dépé”
World Monuments Fund
Southern side of the citadel with entrance and stairway

Beside the archaeological excavations continuing at the site, since the inclusion of Ulug Depe on the 2012 Watch, two restoration sessions have taken place at the dig-house in the nearby village of Dushak. The new up-to-date restoration laboratory was inaugurated in October 2010 by Mrs. Shelby White, a Trustee of the Leon Levy Foundation, which sponsored the purchase of all needed equipment as well as the renovation of the premises to conform to international standards. As a matter of fact, with the help of the Leon-Levy Foundation, ever since that date it has been our concern to train local restorers in modern methods and means in conservation of archaeological artifacts.

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June 12, 2012

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Dobrý den from Prague

Posted by Margot Note, Director of Archives and Information Management
St. Vitus Cathedral, front facade from below, 2012
St. Vitus Cathedral, front facade from below, 2012

I recently spent two weeks in the Czech Republic, participating in a library and information science seminar sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Charles University in Prague, central Europe’s oldest university.

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June 5, 2012

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Cabanyal Since the 2012 Watch Annoucement

Posted by Vicente Gallart, Associació Veïns Cabanyal-Canyamelar
World Monuments Fund
Blasco Ibáñez Avenue's extension would result in the demolition of hundreds of buildings seen in the darker parts, map center

Since the prestigious American association World Monuments Fund put the Barrio del Cabanyal-Canyamelar on the map of world heritage at risk by including this historic waterfront district of Valencia in its 2012 Watch, not much has changed for the better.

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May 31, 2012

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The Jardim Botánico: A Hidden Gem in Lisbon

Posted by Hansel Hernandez, Historic Preservation and Cultural Heritage Consultant
World Monuments Fund

To be honest, when I came to Lisbon last summer to work on a conservation project, the last thought in my mind was to visit gardens. My priority was to discover the vast and rich architectural heritage of this capital city, learn about their rare and large museum collections, and of course savor the succulent Portuguese cuisine with an emphasis on desserts.

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May 31, 2012

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A Visit to Queluz National Palace

Posted by Hansel Hernandez, Historic Preservation and Cultural Heritage Consultant
World Monuments Fund

Last summer, when I was in Lisbon, my German friend Jens told me that Queluz Palace was very close, but I refused to believe it. He also told me I could do two palaces in one day; I was a doubting Thomas. It turns out Jens was right.

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