UNESCO Sites to See Before They Disappear
The featured image is from Nepal which is in danger after earthquake. Following the devastating earthquake in April, Nepal's UNESCO sites are being added to the organization's list of sites in danger. In fact, the UN asked Nepal not to reopen their monuments to tourists so soon after the earthquake, citing concerns about aftershocks (there was one on June 13) and a need for repairs. But Nepalese tourism secretary Suresh Man Shrestha was undaunted, saying that the country needed tourists to start returning.
Bamiyan Valley, Aghanistan
The Bamiyan Valley played an important role in early Buddhism, especially its pair of enormous Buddha statues that were carved directly into the sides of the mountains.
Many endangered UNESCO sites—including Afghanistan's two listed sites, the Bamiyan Valley (pictured) and the remains of the city of Jam—are affected because of conflict in the area. In 2001, the invading Taliban famously destroyed the Buddha statues that had been in the Bamiyan Valley since the sixth century AD, although a new 3-D light art project may help visitors see what they once looked like.
The Everglades, Florida
The Everglades is home to the western hemisphere's largest mangrove ecosystem and to many rare and nearly-extinct birds.
Natural disasters like hurricanes and man-made problems like pollution and the introduction of foreign animal species are threatening the already-precarious ecosystem and killing some of the rare animals and plants that make the Everglades so unique.
Medieval monuments of Kosovo, Serbia
The Byzantine and Romanesque churches and monasteries are stunning examples of Balkan art from the 13th–17th centuries. After the war between former Yugoslavian states in the late '90s, many of these sites faced structural damage. Even though the region has calmed down considerably, the buildings are still fragile and need more work.
More than just The Beatles's hometown, Liverpool was an important port city that helped Britain grow into an empire during the 18th and 19th century.
The port area, like many neighborhoods, is subject to population growth and gentrification. Developers want to put up more new buildings, but UNESCO regulations require that nothing be taller than the existing structures, including St. George's Hall, a Neoclassical building famous for its stone lions, and the Pier Head complex, which houses the Museum of Liverpool.