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Lahore Fort and Shalimar Gardens, Pakistan

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Lahore
Fort’s 11th-century walls festooned with blue kashi tiles,
red sandstone, zoomorphic corbels, and inlays of precious materials are a
source of great national pride. The exquisite Moghul engineering and
landscaping at the 17th-century Shalimar Gardens, four miles away,
stretches over a three-level terrace that counts 410 fountains, royal baths,
marble basins, and pools and canals shaded by almond and quince trees. In 1999,
a municipal agency accidently destroyed two historic water tanks during the
widening of Grand Trunk Road, an effort to create better access between the two.
“As sites become popular, visitation must be managed sustainably and
effectively,” reminds UNESCO World Heritage Director Kishore Rao. “That’s the
whole challenge.” —Adam H. Graham

World's Most Endangered Sites

Lahore Fort and Shalimar Gardens, Pakistan

Lahore
Fort’s 11th-century walls festooned with blue kashi tiles,
red sandstone, zoomorphic corbels, and inlays of precious materials are a
source of great national pride. The exquisite Moghul engineering and
landscaping at the 17th-century Shalimar Gardens, four miles away,
stretches over a three-level terrace that counts 410 fountains, royal baths,
marble basins, and pools and canals shaded by almond and quince trees. In 1999,
a municipal agency accidently destroyed two historic water tanks during the
widening of Grand Trunk Road, an effort to create better access between the two.
“As sites become popular, visitation must be managed sustainably and
effectively,” reminds UNESCO World Heritage Director Kishore Rao. “That’s the
whole challenge.” —Adam H. Graham

©UNESCO/ Hattori, Eiji

World's Most Endangered Sites

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