WMF Journal


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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January 10, 2014

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Ikoni, haut lieu des Traditions Comoriennes

Posted by Fatima Boyer, President, Collectif du Patrimoine des Comores
World Monuments Fund

La porte du Funi Aziri, située au cœur (Harimwamdji) de la ville d'Ikoni, date du XVIIIeme siècle. Ce monument doit son nom au prince héritier (Aziri) du sultanat Hambou qui s'était exilé et qui était revenu secrètement dans sa ville. Il s'était caché derrière la porte de la ville pour suivre les débats qui se tenaient sur la place publique (bangwe).

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January 10, 2014

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Remigio Crespo Toral Museum: Heritage at Risk

Posted by Ramiro Endara, Fundación Conservartecuador
World Monuments Fund

The World Heritage City of Cuenca is the third most important city in Ecuador. In 2013, the city was awarded the Jean-Paul L’Allier Prize for Heritage by the Organization of World Heritage Cities, in recognition of its achievements in heritage conservation and management.

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