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World's Most Endangered Sites

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Find out which cultural and natural sites are most in need of our attention.

Old City of Jerusalem, Israel

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The walled city of Jerusalem is a labyrinth of holiness, quartered into the Muslim, Christian, Jewish, and Armenian sectors. The Western Wall and the Resurrection Rotunda in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre—said to house Jesus’ tomb—are among its 220 historic sites. But safeguarding them has become a tangled political knot. UNESCO called on Israel to halt digging and the renovation of the Mughrabi Bridge, which links the Western Wall plaza and Temple Mount. But Israel continued, and in 1974, UNESCO stripped Israel of its membership for allegedly damaging archaeological excavations at the Temple Mount. In 1982, the city was added to the Danger List at the request of Jordan. Israel has partially suspended ties with UNESCO. —Adam H. Graham

World's Most Endangered Sites

Old City of Jerusalem, Israel

The walled city of Jerusalem is a labyrinth of holiness, quartered into the Muslim, Christian, Jewish, and Armenian sectors. The Western Wall and the Resurrection Rotunda in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre—said to house Jesus’ tomb—are among its 220 historic sites. But safeguarding them has become a tangled political knot. UNESCO called on Israel to halt digging and the renovation of the Mughrabi Bridge, which links the Western Wall plaza and Temple Mount. But Israel continued, and in 1974, UNESCO stripped Israel of its membership for allegedly damaging archaeological excavations at the Temple Mount. In 1982, the city was added to the Danger List at the request of Jordan. Israel has partially suspended ties with UNESCO. —Adam H. Graham

©UNESCO/Varda Polak-Sahm
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