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ASANTE TRADITIONAL BUILDINGS

ASANTE TRADITIONAL BUILDINGS
near Kumasi, Ashanti Region, Ghana
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BACKGROUND

At its zenith in the eighteenth century, the Asante Kingdom was one of the richest and most powerful states on the African continent. Today, one of the few vestiges of this once flourishing kingdom are ten traditional shrines believed to have been built in the nineteenth century. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

WMF first engaged with the Asante Traditional Buildings following their inclusion on the 2012 World Monuments Watch, bringing to international attention the deteriorated conditions of the structures. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

Conservation of Besease used a process of community engagement and training to revitalize the shrine and to build a cadre of craftspeople with traditional skills. WMF’s work parallels such efforts, and has focused on developing an overall conservation plan while performing emergency repairs to a number of the buildings. (...)

SPOTLIGHT

WORLD MONUMENTS WATCH DAY

Members of the Asawase community, including the king, village elders, and students, gathered to celebrate their heritage and learn about Tano Banie Shrine. Watch Day included a visit to the shrine, a presentation by the king, and a traditional performance by the priest.

In Dig Deeper: Watch Day Video

VIDEOS
World Monuments FundWatch Day 2012
June, 2013

Every two years, the World Monuments Watch calls attention to heritage sites around the globe in need of help. Watch Day was launched in 2012, in an effort to bring communities together to celebrate their heritage and traditions. Through international awareness-raising and local action, positive change is happening at Watch sites around the world.