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Blog post | November 12, 2015

Tools of the Trades

When my wife Laura Saeger and I were asked to become part of the World Monuments Fund team working to restore Shwe-nandaw Kyaung, Mandalay’s most prized monastery, we knew we would face some challenges, including understanding the ancient way of timber frame building in Myanmar, working with teak, a wood we were unfamiliar with, and working in an environment nearly 2000 miles closer to the equator than we have ever been before. What we hadn’t anticipated was just how difficult finding the tools of our trade, in this recently opened country, would be.
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Blog post | November 12, 2015

Keeping Babylon Clean is a Full-Time Job

Keeping Babylon clean is a full-time job, but with the ongoing war the Iraqi government has little to spare. Thanks to World Monuments Fund, a group of local villagers and I make progress to return Babylon to being a place of pride for all Iraqis, just as it was in my youth.
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Blog post | November 10, 2015

Documenting Babylon

Babylon’s main northern entrance, the Ishtar Gate, was the largest and most elaborate of the city’s gateways.
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Blog post | November 10, 2015

WMF Peru to Continue Work at Chankillo

WMF Peru signed a collaboration agreement with the Ministry of Culture of Peru and the Municipality of Casma to develop a conservation and management plan for the archaeological site of Chankillo.
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Inauguration ceremony at Yemrehanna Kristos
WMF has received a grant from the U.S. State Department Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) for a project at the church of Yemrehanna Kristos in Ethiopia, which was included on the 2014 World Monuments Watch.
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Blog post | November 06, 2015

Discovering Albi Cathedral

The exterior of Albi Cathedral (which some say might be the largest brick building in the world) is impressive and powerful and simple in its design but as soon as you see the decorative stone entry, you realize whomever built this also knew very fine stone carving techniques too.
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Original block found in the hill slope and installed in its original position.
The WMF team working to restore Phnom Bakheng temple in Angkor recently identified the exact location of an original wall stone unit in the wooded side of the hill. This is big news because only in a few cases can we tell 100% the original location of a stone block.
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Blog post | September 14, 2015

New Garuda Restoration at Preah Khan

A new restoration project focused on Garuda #39 was started a few weeks ago in Preah Khan by the WMF team in Cambodia. The project is the successful result of a WMF Adopt a Garuda campaign held last year.
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Blog post | September 10, 2015

Unexpected Journey at World Monuments Fund

Each year, WMF hosts a summer intern from the Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design (WHSAD). Angela Huang, an incoming senior at the school, joined us for six weeks this summer. Below, Angela shares her experience of working at our office.
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