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Afghanistan

HAJI PIYADA MOSQUE (NOH GUMBAD)

Balkh, Afghanistan

The Haji Piyada Mosque was built in the second half of the ninth century, only two centuries after the establishment of Islam and immediately following its arrival in Central Asia. (Learn More)

OLD CITY OF HERAT

Herat, Afghanistan

The Old City of Herat in Western Afghanistan has a long history of rebuilding and restoration. The city was destroyed twice by the Mongols, in 1221 A.D. (Learn More)

Albania

BUTRINT ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

Sarandë, Albania

Archaeological evidence indicates that Corfiot traders founded Butrint in the eighth century B.C. (Learn More)

VOSKOPOJË CHURCHES

Voskopojë, Albania

Twenty-six churches were built between 1630 and 1780 at Voskopojë, situated along the trade route from Venice to Constantinople in southeastern Albania. (Learn More)

Cambodia

ANGKOR ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Angkor was once the seat of the Khmer Empire, which ruled a large portion of Southeast Asia between the ninth and fifteenth centuries A.D. (Learn More)

CHURNING OF THE SEA OF MILK GALLERY CONSERVATION PROJECT

Angkor Archaeological Park, Siem Reap, Cambodia

The Churning of the Sea of Milk Gallery, located in the Temple complex of Angkor Wat, displays a spectacular 49 meters of intricately sculpted bas-reliefs at Angkor Wat, which are part of (Learn More)

PHNOM BAKHENG

Angkor Archaeological Park, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Phnom Bakheng is one of Angkor’s oldest temples. It was built as a state temple between the late ninth and early tenth centuries, when King Yasovarman constructed it as the centerpiece of his new capital, Yasodharapura, later absorbed into Angkor. (Learn More)

PREAH KHAN TEMPLE

Angkor Archaeological Park, Siem Reap, Cambodia

The Preah Khan temple complex situated at the northern edge of the Angkor Archaeological Park is one of the most significant buildings erected during the ancient Khmer empire. (Learn More)

TA SOM TEMPLE

Angkor, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia

The Khmer temple of Ta Som, located at the eastern end of the Northern Baray at Angkor, was built at the end of the twelfth century during the reign of the powerful Buddhist King Jayavarman VII. (Learn More)

Chile

EASTER ISLAND (RAPA NUI)—MOAI CONSERVATION PROJECT

Easter Island, Chile

A Polynesian volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean, at the southeastern most point of the Polynesian triangle, Easter Island—known locally as Rapa Nui—is a special territory of Chile that was annexe (Learn More)

Croatia

DIOCLETIAN'S PALACE

Split, Croatia

Built for use by Emperor Diocletian who in AD 305 became the first Roman emperor to voluntarily abdicate, the palace at Split on the eastern coast of the Adriatic is the preeminent classical herita (Learn More)

Czech Republic

LEDNICE AND VALTICE CULTURAL LANDSCAPE

Lednice and Valtice, Czech Republic

Over the centuries, the rural countryside between the southern Moravian towns of Lednice and Valtice had been a landscape divided by shifting national borders, scarred by conflicts like the Thirty (Learn More)

Egypt

JAMA’A Al -AQSUNQUR (BLUE MOSQUE)

Cairo, Egypt

The Blue Mosque is the largest mosque in the Bab al-Wazir district of Cairo. (Learn More)

TARABAY AL-SHARIFY

Cairo, Egypt

The monumental complex of Tarabay al-Sharify stands at the southern end of Al-Azhar Park. (Learn More)

Ethiopia

MENTEWAB-QWESQWAM PALACE

Gondar, Ethiopia

The buildings at this archaeological site date to the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries when the court of Gondar was the capital of Ethiopia. (Learn More)

ROCK-HEWN CHURCHES

Lalibela, Ethiopia

Lalibela is located approximately 600 km north of Addis Ababa in the Amhara Region, situated at an altitude of 2,500 metres. (Learn More)

Ghana

WA NAA'S PALACE

Wa, Ghana

Wa Naa’s Palace, home to the king of the Wala people, the major local population of Wa region, is located in the heart of Wa Town and is a major cultural attraction. (Learn More)

Greece

PELLA MACEDONIAN TOMBS

Old City of Pella, near Thessaloniki, Greece

Constructed between the fourth and second centuries B.C., the tombs at Pella are important examples of Macedonian tomb building and also provide key information about the design and decoration of t (Learn More)

Haiti

GINGERBREAD NEIGHBORHOOD

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

In October 2009, the gingerbread houses of Port-au-Prince were included on the 2010 World Monuments Watch in order to raise international awareness about this unique architectural heritage. (Learn More)

India

BASGO GOMPA (MAITREYA TEMPLES)

Leh, India

The mud-brick fortress of Basgo Gompa is perched high in the hills of Ladakh, between the Himalaya and Karakoram mountain ranges in northern India. (Learn More)

DELHI HERITAGE ROUTE

Delhi, India

The city of Delhi contains a multitude of important historic structures, including the World Heritage sites of Qutb Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, and the Red Fort. (Learn More)

MADHYA PRADESH CULTURAL HERITAGE PROJECT

Various Cities, India

Madhya Pradesh, the largest state in India, is located in the center of the country and is filled with heritage sites of great cultural importance chronicling the history of the region. (Learn More)

THE MUGHAL GARDENS OF AGRA

Agra, India

One of the most important historic features of the city of Agra is the gardens that line the banks of the Yamuna River. (Learn More)

Indonesia

DESA LINGGA

Karo Regency, North Sumatra Province, Indonesia

Located in the Karo district west of Lake Toba in North Sumatra, the village of Desa Lingga is emblematic of the challenges of maintaining local culture and vernacular practices in a rapidly changi (Learn More)

Iraq

HERITAGE MANAGEMENT TRAINING

Erbil, Iraq

WMF has been working in Iraq since 2007. With support from the U.S. (Learn More)

Italy

ANCIENT POMPEII

Pompeii, Italy

The ancient Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum and villas near the Bay of Naples were buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in August A.D. (Learn More)

Jamaica

FALMOUTH HISTORIC TOWN

Falmouth, Trelawny, Jamaica

Located on Jamaica’s northern coast, near Montego Bay, Falmouth is the capital of the Parish of Trelawny in the county of Cornwall. (Learn More)

Japan

MACHIYA TOWNHOUSES

Kyoto, Japan

The machiya of Kyoto are traditional townhouses dating from the Edo period (1603–1867). Born out of the city’s growing merchant class, they functioned as both residences and workspaces. (Learn More)

Jordan

MIDDLE EASTERN GEODATABASE FOR ANTIQUITIES (MEGA)

Amman, Jordan

In collaboration with the Getty Conservation Institute, WMF, the Jordanian Department of Antiquities and the Iraq State Board of Antiquities and Heritage, a modern, web-based inventory for archaeol (Learn More)

Libya

THE EXTRAMURAL SANCTUARY OF DEMETER AND PERSEPHONE AT CYRENE

Cyrene, Libya

Cyrene was a major Greco-Roman city, often referred to as the Athens of Africa, and one of the most significant archaeological sites on the North African coast. (Learn More)

Mali

BANDIAGARA ESCARPMENT CULTURAL LANDSCAPE

Dogon Country, Mali

The dramatic 95-mile long Bandiagara Escarpment in Mali, West Africa, has been inhabited since at least the 3rd century B.C. (Learn More)

Mexico

PALACE OF FINE ARTS (PALACIO DE BELLAS ARTES)

Mexico City, Mexico

A stunning Art Nouveau masterpiece, originally designed by Adamo Boari and envisioned for the centenary celebrations of Mexico’s independence in 1910, the Palace of Fine Arts was completed by (Learn More)

SAN JUAN BAUTISTA DE COIXTLAHUACA

Oaxaca, Mexico

San Juan Bautista de Coixtlahuaca Convent was built by the Dominicans between 1545 and 1596 in the highly-ornate Plateresque style, a design popular in Spain and its colonies in the 15th and 16th c (Learn More)

SAN JUAN DE ULÚA FORT

Veracruz, Mexico

For nearly 350 years, the San Juan de Ulúa Fort in Veracruz served as the primary military stronghold of the Spanish Empire in the Americas. (Learn More)

TEOTIHUACAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE—QUETZALCOATL TEMPLE

San Juan Teotihuacan, Mexico

For the first half of the first millennium, A.D, Teotihuacán was the dominant civilization in Mesoamerica and one of the great cities of the ancient world. (Learn More)

Mongolia

BOGD KHAN PALACE MUSEUM

Ulaanbaatar (Ulan Bator), Mongolia

In 1911, at the time of the collapse of the Qing Dynasty in China, the independence of Outer Mongolia was proclaimed. (Learn More)

Nepal

DURBAR SQUARE

Kathmandu, Nepal

Durbar squares, a generic term for the plazas opposite royal palaces in Nepal, can be found throughout the country. (Learn More)

ITUM BAHA MONASTERY

Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu Valley, a fertile bowl nestled among peaks of the Himalayan mountain range, has been a base of religious activity for centuries. (Learn More)

KULIMA NARAYAN TEMPLE

Kathmandu/Nepal, Nepal

The sacred Kulima Narayan pagoda temple in Kathmandu was built in the 18th century. (Learn More)

PATAN ROYAL PALACE COMPLEX

Patan, Nepal

The Patan Royal Palace Complex was constructed in the 17th century as part of the extensive building program of King Siddhinarasimha Malla, which was continued by his son Srinivasa. (Learn More)

Oman

QALHÂT

Qalhât, Oman

The ancient city of Qalhât, located on the Omani coast, was one of the most important Islamic commercial hubs for Indian Ocean trade from its founding in the eleventh century until the arrival of t (Learn More)

Panama

SAN LORENZO CASTLE

Portobelo, Panama

The first fortifications of San Lorenzo castle were built by prominent military engineer Juan Bautista Antonelli in 1595. (Learn More)

Peru

HISTORIC TOWNS OF THE COLCA VALLEY

Peru

The churches of the Colca Valley were built in the 17th century and have not been modified much since. (Learn More)

KUELAP FORTRESS

Amazonas, Peru

Kuelap, one of the largest ancient monuments of the Americas, was a fortified citadel in northern Peru on the slopes of the Andes. (Learn More)

LARAOS TERRACES

Yauyos, Peru

The andenería, or terraced landscape of Laraos, is believed to date to the pre-Inca period and is a defining feature of the steep slopes of the Peruvian Andes. (Learn More)

SAN CRISTÓBAL DE RAPAZ CHURCH

Rapaz, Peru

In the 16th and 17th centuries colonial Catholic missions were established in the Oyón Valley in Peru and built in a style described as Rural Andean Baroque. (Learn More)

SAN PEDRO DE MÓRROPE CHAPEL

Mórrope, Peru

The chapel of San Pedro de Mórrope was constructed in the 16th century during the Colonial period in Peru in an effort to convert the indigenous Mochica people to Christianity. (Learn More)

SANTA CATALINA MONASTERY

Arequipa, Peru

The Convent of Santa Catalina de Siena was built in 1579 and is located in the historical center of Arequipa, Peru. (Learn More)

Poland

TEMPEL SYNAGOGUE

Krakow, Poland

Of the several Jewish synagogues that existed in the Kazimierz Jewish district in historic Krakow, Tempel synagogue survived World War II due to its re-use as a stable during the city’s Germa (Learn More)

Romania

BRANCUSI’S ENDLESS COLUMN ENSEMBLE

Târgu-Jiu, Romania

Erected in 1934, the Endless Column by famed Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi (1876-1957) has been hailed as one of the great works of twentieth-century outdoor sculpture. (Learn More)

Russia

KIZHI POGOST

Kizhi Island in Lake Onega, Republic Of Karelia, Russia

Kizhi Pogost is located on one of the many hundreds of islands on tranquil Lake Onega in the northern region of Karelia. (Learn More)

NEW JERUSALEM MONASTERY

Istra, Russia

Founded under Patriarch Nikon in the 17th century in Istra on the outskirts of Moscow, the New Jerusalem Monastery was meant to evoke the Holy Land and serve as a pilgrimage site. (Learn More)

PAANAJÄRVI VILLAGE

Kemi Province, Republic of Karelia, Russia

Located on the Russian-Finnish border, Paanajärvi is the last intact village in the district of Viena Karelia along the Kemi River. (Learn More)

Spain

MÁLAGA ROMAN THEATER

Málaga, Spain

The Roman theater in the southern Spanish city of Málaga is thought to have been built early in the first century A.D. during the reign of Augustus. (Learn More)

MOORISH HOUSES OF GRANADA

Granada, Spain

The neighborhood of Albayzin in Granada, Spain, contains several Moorish houses, some dating to the period of the Alhambra, many of which were built in the 16th century. (Learn More)

SANTA MARIA LA MAYOR IN TORO

Toro, Spain

Situated on a cliff at the edge of the fortified city of Toro, the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria overlooks the narrow, jagged streets of the city as well as the winding Duero River and the ferti (Learn More)

TOLEDO CATHEDRAL (OCHAVO CHAPEL AND SAN BLAS CHAPEL)

Toledo, Spain

The Toledo Cathedral was built in the 13th century and contains several beautifully decorated chapels, including the Ochavo and San Blás chapels. (Learn More)

WINDMILLS OF MALLORCA

Mallorca, Spain

Flour windmills, dating from the 16th to the 19th centuries, are still a significant feature of the landscape of the Balearic Islands, and are a strong symbol of prosperity and engineering acumen, (Learn More)

Syria

AMRIT ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

Near Tartous, Syria

Amrit is an ancient Phoenician site located on the Mediterranean coast of Syria. (Learn More)

Tanzania

CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL AND FORMER SLAVE MARKET SITE

Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania

For centuries, Zanzibar was the fulcrum of political and economic power in East Africa. (Learn More)

Tunisia

BULLA REGIA

Jendouba, Tunisia

Bulla Regia is a significant archaeological site in the northwestern part of Tunisia. (Learn More)

Turkey

APHRODISIAS ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

Geyre Beledesi, Turkey

Aphrodisias, named after its patron goddess Aphrodite, was founded in the 2nd century B.C. on the site of a rural sanctuary of Aphrodite. (Learn More)

Turkmenistan

ANCIENT MERV ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

Bairam Ali, Turkmenistan

The oasis of Merv is strategically sited in the Karakum desert and formed an essential military headquarters and staging post on major east-west trade routes. (Learn More)

United Kingdom

EDINBURGH HISTORIC GRAVEYARDS

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Five historical burial grounds are scattered around Edinburgh’s city center, oases amid the dense urban surroundings often full of students and tourists. (Learn More)

United States

ARCHES PROJECT

United States

Arches is a new open-source geospatial software system for cultural heritage inventory and management, developed jointly by the Getty Conservation Institute and World Monuments Fund. (Learn More)

CHURCH OF ST. ANN AND THE HOLY TRINITY

Brooklyn, New York, United States

The Church of St. Ann and the Holy Trinity is one of the most important monuments of the Gothic Revival in America. (Learn More)

FORT APACHE

Apache Tribal Lands, United States

Established by President Grant in 1871, the 7,500-acre Fort Apache Reservation served as operations base from which the U.S. (Learn More)

HISTORIC ROUTE 66

Chicago, IL, to Los Angeles, CA, United States

Route 66, once the primary highway from America’s interior to the West Coast, has played a now-legendary role in U.S. history since its designation in 1926. (Learn More)

NEW YORK STUDIO SCHOOL OF DRAWING, PAINTING AND SCULPTURE

New York, New York, United States

The New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture is located in New York’s Greenwich Village, in a complex of structures assembled over an extended period of time by the American sculp (Learn More)

SOUTH SIDE OF ELLIS ISLAND

New York Harbor, New York & New Jersey, United States

Ellis Island in New York Harbor was the principle point of entry for immigrants to America from 1892 until 1924, during which period an estimated 12 million people were processed. (Learn More)

TAOS PUEBLO

Taos Pueblo, New Mexico, United States

Situated in the sun-baked valley of a Rio Grande tributary and continuously inhabited for 1,000 years, the community and architecture of Taos Pueblo exemplify the enduring spirit of the Pueblo peop (Learn More)

TUTUVENI PETROGLYPH SITE

Hopi Tribal Land, United States

The Tutuveni Petroglyph site boasts more than 5,000 Hopi clan symbols that were inscribed during the ceremonial pilgrimage to Ongtupqa, or the Grand Canyon, which is for many Hopi the point of thei (Learn More)

Vietnam

MINH MANG TOMB

Hué City, Huong Tho Village, Vietnam

King Minh Mang, the second ruler of the Nguyen Dynasty, governed southern and central Vietnam from 1820 to 1840. (Learn More)