2012 World Monuments Watch

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Tierradentro Archaeological Park in Cauca Department, Colombia features underground tombs dating from 6th to 9th centuries AD.
Quiriguá is an ancient Maya archaeological site in Guatemala, it covers approximately 3 square kilometres (1.2 sq mi) and contains a wealth of sculpture, including the tallest stone monuments ever erected in the New World.
The Sans-Souci Palace was the royal residence of King Henri Christophe of Haiti. Its name translated from French means "carefree."
The Nazca Lines, Peru are a series of ancient geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert in southern Peru. They were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.
Haydarpasa train station, Turkey, İstanbul, was rebuilt 1906-1909 in a neo-classical style on land reclaimed from the sea.
Birmingham Central Library, built 1969-1973 and designed by John Madin. It is an example of UK Brutalist architecture which flourished from the 1950s to the mid-1970s.
Fifth Avenue is a major thoroughfare in the center of the borough of Manhattan in New York City, United States. In 2008, Forbes magazine ranked Fifth Avenue as being the most expensive street in the world.
Walpi, Arizona, US, circa 1877, photographed by John K. Hillers. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited villages in the United States.
Around 1,600 people live on Hạ Long Bay, Vietnam in four fishing villages made up of floating houses and are sustained through fishing and marine farming.

The World Monuments Watch is a flagship advocacy program of the New York-based private non-profit organization World Monuments Fund (WMF) that calls international attention to cultural heritage around the world that is threatened by neglect, vandalism, conflict, or disaster.[1]

Selection process[edit]

Every two years, it publishes a select list known as the Watch List of Endangered Sites that are in urgent need of preservation funding and protection. The sites are nominated by governments, conservation professionals, site caretakers, non-government organizations (NGOs), concerned individuals, and others working in the field.[1] An independent panel of international experts then select 100 candidates from these entries to be part of the Watch List, based on the significance of the sites, the urgency of the threat, and the viability of both advocacy and conservation solutions.[1] For the succeeding two-year period until a new Watch List is published, these 100 sites can avail grants and funds from the WMF, as well as from other foundations, private donors, and corporations by capitalizing on the publicity and attention gained from the inclusion on the Watch List.[2]

2012 Watch List[edit]

The 2012 Watch List was published on 5 October 2011.[3]

Country/Territory Site Location
Argentina Casa sobre el Arroyo Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires Province
Argentina City of La Plata La Plata, Buenos Aires Province
Argentina Pucará de Tilcara Quebrada de Humahuaca, Jujuy Province
Belize Historic architecture of Belize City Belize City
Benin Akaba Idéna Kétou, Plateau Department
Bhutan Wangduechhoeling Palace Jakar, Bumthang District
Bolivia El Fuerte de Samaipata Samaipata, Santa Cruz Department
Brazil Historic center of Salvador De Bahia Salvador, State of Bahia
Burkina Faso Cour Royale de Tiébélé Tiébélé, Centre-Sud Region
Cayman Islands Mind's Eye George Town, Grand Cayman
China Archaeological site of the palace of Nanyue Kingdom Guangzhou, Guangdong Province
China Tiantai An Wangqu, Shanxi Province
Colombia Historic center of Santa Cruz de Mompox Santa Cruz de Mompox, Bolívar Department
Colombia Paeces chapels of Tierradentro Páez Municipality, near Belalcazar, Cauca Department
Cuba Parish Church of San Juan Bautista de los Remedios San Juan de los Remedios, Villa Clara Province
Dominican Republic Parish Church of San Dionisio Higüey, La Altagracia Province
Ghana Asante traditional buildings near Kumasi, Ashanti Region
Greece First Cemetery of Athens Athens
Guatemala Archaeological park and ruins of Quiriguá Los Amates, Izabal Department
Guatemala El Zotz Petén Department
Haiti Gingerbread Neighborhood Port-au-Prince
Haiti Jacmel historic district Jacmel
Haiti Palace Of Sans Souci Milot
India Bagh-I-Hafiz Rakhna Sirhind-Fategarh, Punjab
India Balaji Ghat Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
India Historic Havelis of Bikaner Bikaner, Rajasthan
India Royal Opera House Mumbai, Maharashtra
Indonesia Desa Lingga Karo Regency, North Sumatra Province
Japan Hirakushi Denchū house and atelier Taitō, Tokyo
Japan East Japan earthquake heritage sites Tōhoku and Kantō Regions
Japan Machiya townhouses Kyoto
Jordan Abila Quweilbeh, Irbid Governorate
Kazakhstan Necropolises of nomads in Mangystau Mangystau Province, Kazakhstan
Macedonia Stobi Gradsko
Madagascar Royal hill of Ambohimanga Ambohimanga Rova, Antananarivo Province
Mexico Colonial bridge of Tequixtepec San Miguel Tequixtepec, Oaxaca
Mexico Ruta de la Amistad Mexico City
Netherlands Beth Haim Portuguese Jewish Cemetery Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, North Holland
New Zealand Canterbury provincial government buildings Christchurch, Canterbury
Palestinian Territory Tell Umm el-'Amr (Saint Hilarion Monastery) Nuseirat, Gaza Strip
Panama Way On Cemetery Panama City
Peru Alameda de los Descalzos and Paseo de Aguas Rímac, Lima
Peru Lines and geoglyphs of Nasca Nazca, Ica Region
Peru Quinta de Presa Rímac, Lima
Poland St. Paraskewa church Radruż, Subcarpathian Voivodeship
Portugal Jardim Botânico de Lisboa Lisbon
Saint Helena Saint Helena Saint Helena
Spain Barrio del Cabanyal-Canyamelar Valencia
Spain Berrocal de Trujillo Trujillo, Extremadura
Tunisia Old town of Testour Testour, Béja Governorate
Turkey Haydarpaşa Railway Station Istanbul
Turkey Oshki monastery Çamlıyamaç, Erzurum Province
Turkey Rum Orphanage Büyükada, Princes' Islands, Istanbul
Turkmenistan Ulug Depe near Dushak, Ahal Province
United Kingdom British Brutalism
(Birmingham Central Library, Preston bus station, Hayward Gallery)
Birmingham, Preston, and London, England
United Kingdom Newstead Abbey Ravenshead, Nottinghamshire
United Kingdom Quarr Abbey Ryde, Isle of Wight
United Kingdom Ruins of the former cathedral church of St. Michael, Coventry Coventry, West Midlands
United States 510 Fifth Avenue New York, New York
United States Charleston Historic District Charleston, South Carolina
United States Manitoga Garrison, New York
United States New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture New York, New York
United States Orange County Government Center Goshen, New York
United States Walpi village Navajo County, Arizona
Vietnam Fishing villages of Hạ Long Bay Hạ Long Bay, Quảng Ninh Province
Yemen Mosque and hammam Al-Mudhaffar Ta'izz, Ta'izz Governorate
Zimbabwe Nalatale ruins near Gweru, Matabeleland North

Statistics by country/territory[edit]

The following countries/territories have multiple sites entered on the 2012 Watch List, listed by the number of sites:

Number of sites Country/Territory
6 United States
4 India
4 United Kingdom
3 Argentina
3 Haiti
3 Japan
3 Peru
2 China
2 Colombia
2 Guatemala
2 Turkey
2 Mexico
2 Spain


  1. ^ a b c Holly Evarts (6 October 2009). "WORLD MONUMENTS FUND ANNOUNCES 2010 WORLD MONUMENTS WATCH LIST OF 100 MOST ENDANGERED SITES" (PDF). World Monuments Fund. Retrieved 8 October 2009. 
  2. ^ Holly Evarts (6 October 2009). "WORLD MONUMENTS FUND ANNOUNCES 2006 WORLD MONUMENTS WATCH LIST OF 100 MOST ENDANGERED SITES" (PDF). World Monuments Fund. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 16, 2008. Retrieved 8 October 2009. 
  3. ^ 2012 Watch Map, World Monuments Fund. Retrieved 5 October 2011.