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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

Our Trip to Pyin Oo Lwin

Pyin Oo Lwin, the former British summer hill station of Maymyo, was founded in 1896. Along with Yangon and Mawlamyine, it hosts one of Myanmar’s significant inventories of well-preserved British occupation-era structures, and quite possibly the largest architectural collection of early twentieth century colonial residential villas in Southeast Asia. World Monuments Fund travelled there to visit Kandawgyi National Botanical Park to make a survey of colonial structures.
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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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Blog post | September 10, 2015

Moving a Crane at Phnom Bakheng

After restoration work at the northeast corner of Angkor’s Phnom Bakheng temple was completed at the end of June, the WMF team started focusing its efforts on the north elevation. To this end, it was necessary to move the smaller crane originally located at the northeast corner to the new location.
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Blog post | September 09, 2015

Joniškis Red Synagogue

The synagogue complex in Joniškis, Lithuania, features two immediately contiguous synagogues that served as a center of Jewish life in the town until World War II. The Red Synagogue, a Neo-Gothic brick building built in 1865, and the White Synagogue, which dates to 1823, were abandoned following the war and reused for various purposes which had left them in a state of serious disrepair. The Red Synagogue was used as a warehouse and an apartment was built into one corner of the building, while the White Synagogue was converted into a gymnasium.
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On June 1, 2015, I started my summer internship at World Monuments Fund in New York City. For me, born and raised in a 300-person, remote village in Aragon (Spain), the opportunity to work in the Empire State Building was kind of an American dream. I had been living in New York for a year then, studying for an MS degree in Historic Preservation at Columbia University thanks to a Fulbright Scholarship, but I was still mesmerized by the city’s skyscrapers, especially the Empire State Building.
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Blog post | July 30, 2015

Dhar Fort Conservation

Located in the state of Madhya Pradesh, Dhar is an important medieval town and the erstwhile capital of Malwa. It is associated with Raja Bhoj of Paramār dynasty (800 - 1327 A.D.) and is believed to have derived its name from the sharp swords of its rulers. The fort, which is located to the north of the town, has a rock cut reservoir or baoli (stepped well) and a fortification wall of the same period. Gateways and other buildings of the fort are from different periods including Tughlaq, Malwa Sultanate, Mughal, Maratha (Pawar), and British.
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Blog post | July 30, 2015

Hinglajgarh: Mysteries of a Medieval Fort

Amidst a dry deciduous forest in the northeastern part of Madhya Pradesh state, there is an elaborate yet buried historic fortified city presently known as Hinglajgarh. Geographically, the site is in a catchment area of the grand Chambal River, and rivulets—or channels—called Mandaleshwari nulla and Txakeshwar nulla protect the site from three sides. This valley—80 to 100 feet deeper than the plateau—is inhabited by wildlife and thick vegetation.
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Why is the Gulganj Fort so significant that it is a state protected monument by the Government of Madhya Pradesh? This question frustrated us since our first visit to the site in May 2013. Compared to other magnificent forts of Madhya Pradesh, such as Raja Mahal and Jehangir Mahal in Orchha or the Forts of Dhar and Mandu, Gulganj was rather “ordinary.” Located on a spur, 30 kilometers (98 miles) from the main city in a small settlement, the highly overgrown and vandalized Gulganj Fort, with its entire roof curiously missing, left us looking for even more answers.
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