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Rapa Nui NP, Notre-Dame top annual list of world's most threatened cultural sites

The World Monuments Fund (WMF) announced today the twenty-five at-risk cultural heritage sites that were selected for its biennial list of places that are in urgent need of conservation. Located in twenty-two countries—including Chile, Iraq, Spain, and Uzbekistan—the sites are eligible to receive $1 million from the WMF sponsor American Express.  

Among the sites are the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, which was ravaged by a fire that nearly caused the iconic building to collapse earlier this year; Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, which became the center of a legal dispute after President Donald Trump announced he planned to roll back environmental protections extended to the area by former president Barack Obama; the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru, a rich landscape near Machu Picchu being threatened by a proposed airport construction; and Rapa Nui National Park in Chile, which is also known as Easter Island, the home of famous rock carvings.

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