The town of Amatrice was destroyed in August 2016 due to an earthquake that devastated a stretch of central Italy. Plenty of people lost their lives, and the earthquake destroyed several historical buildings.
The Bamiyan Valley is located along the ancient Silk Road in the central highlands of Afghanistan, nestled in the midst of the Hindu Kush mountain range. This heritage site has been marked as endangered due to its fragile condition, vulnerability to dacoits, and prolonged cultural vandalism.
Located in northern Peru, Chan Chan was known to be the largest city in pre-Columbian South America. However, currently, the remains of this beautiful city are being threatened by excess water. Scientists believe that torrential rains will gradually wash away the nine-square-mile ancient city.
The synagogue was built in 1354, and was bombed by the French in 1798. It was then rebuilt in 1850 and has been considered to be the last vestiges of the Jewish community of Alexandria. Recently, the synagogue fell into disrepair, but the Egyptian government approved a $2.2 million plan to restore it.
This is one of the best-preserved imperial mansions in Beijing. However, its theater building needs repairs, and the restoration will require both local and international expertise to regain its original charm.
Located on the Silk Road in southern Uzbekistan, the Historic Center of Shakhrisyabz is over 2000 years old. It has been included in the list of World Heritage in Danger due to the over-development of tourist infrastructure at the site.
After the partition of British India in 1947, Karachi became the largest city of Pakistan. However, the growing population and increasing need for housing and infrastructure endangered several of Karachi’s historic buildings.
The Humberstone and Santa Laura works are home to more than 200 former saltpeter works where workers from distinct places came to find employment. This heritage site is now endangered due to the vulnerability of the structure caused by the impact of the recent earthquake.
This was a trading post between Africa and Europe in the mid 18th century. However, after the creation of the state of Israel, most of the Jewish community left Morocco. The various Moorish and Art Deco buildings are now abandoned and in disrepair.
Built in 1964, the Brutalist-style Kagawa Prefectural Gymnasium used to host local sporting events in Takamatsu. However, after 50 years of operation, it closed down in 2014 and remains unused.
Lifta was a traditional Palestinian Arab village in Jerusalem that was inhabited from ancient times until the middle of the 20th century. The ruins of this scenic village are threatened by a redevelopment plan that seeks to replace the remains with housing projects and shopping complexes.
Located at the tidal mouth of the River Mersey, this port played a major role in the growth of the British Empire. However, it has been deemed as a potential danger as it is facing the effects of town planning or “urban development projects” as they are popularly known.
This site consists of four edifices that reflect the high points of the Byzantine-Romanesque ecclesiastical culture. These monuments are on the list of endangered heritage sites owing to civil unrest, and the unsatisfactory conservation and maintenance measures of the property.
This place is also known as the kitchen garden of the King and is located near the Palace of Versailles. According to the WMF (World Monuments Fund), about 40 percent of the trees in the garden need replacement.
This place was known for its terrace agriculture and iron market. However, in 2013, the site suffered attacks by Boko Haram. The militants raided the plateau, and looted homes and crops.
Located along the Niger River in Gao, Mali, the tomb was built in 1495 to symbolize an important phase of western African history— Gao became the capital of a Songhai Empire. It has become an endangered heritage site due to the destructive environment that triggered erosion of the tomb and the conflict that arose in the city of Gao.
This mosque was constructed in 1172, and is one of the most iconic sites in Mosul’s Old City. However, in June 2017, militants detonated explosives at the Great Mosque of al-Nuri and its famous leaning minaret.
The Art Deco Buffalo Central Terminal was constructed in 1929, and it streamlined the city’s transportation system. However, with the construction of the highway system in the 1950s, train travel declined, and the station was closed in 1979. However, the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation, a volunteer-led group, is trying to redevelop and revitalize the iconic terminal.
This 17th-century historic Government House is the official residence and is the office of the Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda. There are certain sections of the property that are crumbling and are in need of repairs as it has endured several years of drought, hurricanes, and earthquakes.
In southern Zimbabwe, granite rock formations are spread across the entire landscape. The Matobo Hills are home to some of the earliest stages of human history. However, this heritage site is endangered by the development process, deforestation, the human-caused fires, and graffiti that defaces these beautiful rock formations.
Ta’izz was the capital of Yemen from 1229 to 1454 and is the home to several lavish palaces, mosques, and madrassas. Out of these, only three monuments have survived to the present day. Air strikes and shelling have damaged several historic sites, including the Ta’izze National Museum and its manuscripts collection.
The awe-inspiring post-independence architecture of Delhi, India, is one of India's most popular sites. Baha’i Temple is one of these structures that needs protection. However, unlike other ancient sites in India, these constructions aren’t well protected by the government.
This is the last remaining rural railway in Chile. The Ramal Talca-Constitucion connects the city of Talca to the port of Constitucion. In January 2017, the rural railway was damaged by the forest fires.
Aleppo’s souks were once the hallmark of commerce as well as social exchange. However, most of them went up in flames during a fight between the Syrian government forces and the insurgents in 2012. The rehabilitation of souks has been considered integral to the post-conflict recovery efforts.
This place is at times referred to as the “Valley of Silence” and is home to anchoritic and monastic settlements that date back to the 7th century. The place is endangered as most of the region’s youth are leaving the place for better economic prospects. Residents are under immense pressure to maintain these sites as tourism is increasing and they have very little human resources.
Monuments are a matter of pride to the country they belong to. They communicate the art, culture, and grandeur of a different time. But sometimes we just can’t seem to preserve these amazing structures. Here are 25 such monuments.