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Against the Clock: Saving the Endangered Heritage of Famagusta

Once considered the richest city in the world with 365 churches and monumental fortifications, Famagusta in Cyprus has been largely overlooked by much of the world for most of the last century. Recent efforts to draw attention to the importance of the city and its built heritage, such as including the historic walled city on the 2008 and 2010 World Monuments Watch, have encouraged international collaboration and the creation of a revitalization plan for Famagusta. Against the Clock: Saving the Endangered Heritage of Famagusta describes these international partnerships and the various actions taken to preserve the historic structures, including technical missions supported by WMF to inform conservation efforts. This visual tour through the walled city and its churches damaged from a lack of maintenance and exposure to the elements conveys the sense that the clock is ticking.