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The 25 world attractions added to a new endangered ‘watch list’

The 25 world attractions added to a new endangered ‘watch list’

Historic sites around the world that are under threat have been named in a new watch list.

The World Monuments Fund (WMF), an independent organisation devoted to saving the world’s treasured places, has revealed its list for 2020, which includes 25 attractions that are particularly endangered.

Entries include Notre-Dame in Paris, the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru and Rapa Nui National Park on Chile’s Easter Island.

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WMF said these sites are facing “daunting threats such as encroaching urbanisation, political turmoil, natural disaster, and violent conflicts, or present compelling conservation opportunities”.

The list comprises sites that combine great historical significance with contemporary social impact.

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The San Antonio Woolworth Building in Texas, which was important in the American civil rights movement due to being the site of the first successful desegregated lunch counter, is on the list after being threatened by a redevelopment plan.

Notre-Dame cathedral was also added following a devastating fire last year, while the prospect of a new airport is threatening the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

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