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Blog post | June 23, 2015

Our Recent Trip to Ani

The high plains between Kars and the Armenian frontier are becoming painted with a blanket of violet and red wild flowers. As we drive east we can see that the beekeepers are setting up their tents and apiaries for a summer of collecting honey for which Kars is known for throughout Turkey.
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Blog post | June 16, 2015

Mandalay Diary: Burmese Carpenters

As the restoration of the Shwe-nandaw Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery) moves ahead, we needed to shore up the west veranda. The “Shwe Kyaung” is made entirely out of teak and has highly decorative carvings on the exterior.
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Blog post | June 15, 2015

Mandalay Diary: The Longyi

The way we dress at the Shwe-nandaw Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery) is important in order to keep cool and protected from the intense sun. We have all adopted wearing flip flops, something I had never mastered before.
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For the past few years, I’ve taken my vacation in the spring – clear of winter weather and not yet peak travel season. This past April I planned to visit a friend in Nepal, who has a house in Kathmandu and has lived in the country for over 15 years.
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After 12 weeks of work, exchanges, discussions, and sites visits, the second training course of the WMF Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management Program was completed. The program was held during 2014 and 2015 primarily at the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage (IICAH) in Erbil, as well as at the American University in Iraq, Sulaimani.
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As the culmination of our International Field Studies trip to Panama this spring, 15 Tulane Master of Preservation Studies (MPS) students had the opportunity to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Portobelo, a strategic fortress stunningly situated on the Caribbean coastline of the Spanish colonial empire.
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This past May, I traveled to Serbia and Croatia with my colleague Stephanie Ortiz. She's overseeing WMF's Jewish Heritage Program, and together we went to meet with stakeholders and survey potential locations for exhibitions at two synagogues.
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Aqsunqur mosque, built in 1347 by Emir Shams ad-Din Aqsunqur, is located in Cairo's Darb al-Ahmar district. The building was renovated in 1652-1654 by Emir Ibrahim Agha al-Mustahfizan who decorated the back wall of the prayer hall, as well as his own mausoleum, with blue Iznik-style tiles, which led to the structure being known as the “Blue Mosque."
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In Zanzibar, the legacy of slavery has not gone away. The slave trade was abolished in Zanzibar in 1873. Ownership of slaves finally became illegal in colonial East Africa in 1922, still within living memory. Although now largely hidden, the legacy of slavery continues to affect society. It is a wound that has not yet healed.
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Emphasizing a dynamic partnership philosophy, Thai Fine Arts Department (FAD) and World Monuments Fund (WMF) collaborated to complete a condition assessment at Wat Chaiwatthanaram, part of the ancient city of Ayutthaya.
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