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Fragments of Char Narayan Temple, Nepal
April 25, 2016 | Associated Press - ABC News

Nepalese Temple, 4 Other Sites Receive Funding Totaling $1M

World Monuments Fund announced grants on Monday totaling $1 million for five historic sites, including a 16th-century Nepalese temple destroyed in last year's massive earthquake. Monday's announcement comes one year to the day after the Char Narayan temple was decimated by the 7.8-magnitude earthquake, which claimed 9,000 lives, injured 22,000 people and destroyed 600,000 homes.

Char Narayan Temple, Nepal, before earthquake
April 25, 2016 | The Art Newspaper

Nepal Earthquake Anniversary: : World Monuments Fund to finance rebuilding of Char Narayan Temple

World Monuments Fund announced today that it, in collaboration with American Express, was financing the rebuilding of the 16th-century Char Narayan Temple, which was reduced to rubble by the quake. The project is to receive a share of $1m in grants earmarked for five major preservation projects across the globe.

Shaxi Temple
March 28, 2016 | The New York Times

An Ancient Caravan Town in China Is Reborn

Shaxi Market Area, a 2002 World Monuments Watch site, is reborn.

March 28, 2016 | Huffington Post

Modernized disasters: Real estate interests and corruption mutilate Bucharest’s historical buildings

The dangers faced by the architectural jewels in Bucharest have become internationally notorious. In 2016, the city was included on the World Monuments Watch list, which highlights ‘50 sites in 36 countries that are at risk from forces of nature and the impact of social, political, and economic change.” 

Santa Maria Antiqua
March 24, 2016 | Reuters

'Sistine Chapel of the Middle Ages' reopens to public in Rome

A sixth-century church boasting a rare collection of early Christian art is reopening to the public in Rome after a restoration that took more than 30 years. The interior's frescoes of saints and martyrs, queens, popes and emperors have now been restored at a cost of about 2.7 million euros ($3 million), funded by the Italian state and the World Monuments Fund.