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Venice

Venice is in peril: Unesco should come to the aid of Venice as it did after the great flood of 1966

Its official international role, to which Italy signed up, enables it to mobilise world expertise and funds

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Venice

Where are the flood barriers, cry the citizens of Venice after its second worst flood since records began

More evidence has emerged that the flood barriers have serious technical problems

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Iraq

As protests rage in Iraq, experts say culture is key to long-term reconstruction

Iraqi culture ministry announces new national museum in Baghdad as Mosul restoration plan is extended to historic churches

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Unesco

A former Unesco chief denounces its failure to protect Venice at Baku meeting

“Where have the ethics and sense of a global mandate to protect the world’s heritage gone?”, asks Francesco Bandarin

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Unesco

In a first, Unesco gives Frank Lloyd Wright buildings World Heritage status

US architect's distinctive designs are among 29 cultural sites recognised for their “outstanding value to humanity”

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Brazil

Unesco visit brings new growth to Roberto Burle Marx’s home and garden

Brazil funds major renovation of landscape architect's lush estate, which could become a World Heritage site in 2020

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Venice

The Turkish shareholders in the port of Venice want to keep cruise ships coming—and the mayor supports them

The World Heritage Committee is meeting in Baku and intends to dodge declaring Venice endangered for the third time

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

World Heritage Committee will not discuss Notre Dame at its 2019 annual meeting

France is due to provide a report on the fire-ravaged church this year

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Heritage

Planned cable car attraction over Belgrade historic fortress ‘should be suspended’

Kalemegdan served as a military site for the Roman Empire and is a candidate for Unesco World Heritage status

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

French senate says Notre Dame must be restored 'in the same way as before'

Wim Delvoye, one of the artists who submitted a proposal, says he is confident the government will pivot to his solution

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Heritage

Opposition flares as Peru’s government makes way for airport near Machu Picchu

A petition has been launched to prevent the Peruvian government from continuing the project

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Leonardo da Vinci

Italy secures loan of Leonardo da Vinci's Benois Madonna from Russia's Hermitage museum

There has been intense competition to borrow works by the artist during the 500th anniversary of his death this year

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Heritage

Exhibition of Gormley’s figures repopulates a Greek island’s ancient ruins

Life-size "bodyforms" are positioned amid ancient grottoes, agoras and sculptures

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Notre Dame should be rebuilt as it was

The cathedral’s 19th-century additions are as much part of its history as its Gothic vaults, says a former director of Unesco’s World Heritage Centre

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Museums & Heritage

Weimar—birthplace of Bauhaus—opens new museum dedicated to the influential design school

On the same day, the nearby Neues Museum Weimar will open a new permanent exhibition on early Modernism

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Unesco

Goodbye Venice, goodbye Ravenna, goodbye Ferrara, goodbye Carthage?

Many World Heritage Sites around the Mediterranean are at grave risk from sea-level rise by 2100, report says

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Unesco

UK threat to leave Unesco reignites debate about purpose of UN culture body

The US and Israel announced plans to leave the international organisation last year

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Disasters & destruction

Syrian museums seek Russian expertise to restore destroyed Palmyra sculptures

Ancient city occupied by Islamic State was retaken by Syrian army with Russian support in 2017

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Unesco

Mumbai’s Victorian Gothic and Art Deco business district declared a Unesco World Heritage Site

British-era buildings in historic Fort area nominated by “several citizens’ groups”

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Conservation & Preservation

World Monuments Fund gives $1m for post-quake restoration of Mexican archaeological site

Monte Albán, the ancient capital of the Zapotec people, was damaged by earthquakes in 2017

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Looting

Scotland Yard joins global crackdown on looted pharaonic antiquities

The initiative, which involves governments and the art world, will set up a public database of objects

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Palestine

Gifts multiply for fledgling Palestinian museum’s solidarity collection

Sixty works donated by European and Arab artists will stay at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris until a permanent home is built

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Unesco

Unesco: the view from Israelis and Palestinians

How disparate approaches to international law play out at the organisation