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World Monuments Fund

World Monuments Fund is a private nonprofit organization founded in 1965 by individuals concerned about the accelerating destruction of important artistic treasures throughout the world. Now celebrating 50 years, World Monuments Fund has orchestrated over 600 projects in 90 countries.

Today, with affiliate organizations established in Britain, India, Peru, Portugal, and Spain — World Monuments Fund sponsors an ongoing program for the conservation of cultural heritage worldwide. The World Monuments Watch, a global program launched in 1995 on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of World Monuments Fund, aims to identify imperiled cultural heritage sites and direct financial and technical support for their preservation.

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World Monuments Fund Projects

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Ukraine Heritage Response Fund

Supporting immediate action to protect Ukraine's irreplaceable treasures from further damage and preparing post-crisis recovery conservation at cultural heritage sites.

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Documentation of the Early 19th-Century First Baptist Church in Mawlamyine

This project includes a condition survey, conservation plan, and site documentation.

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Conservation of the 10th‐Century Temple of Phnom Bakheng, Phase 4

This project, which continues work begun under previous grants, involves the conservation of the east side of the temple.

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Conservation of the Early 12th-Century Church of Yemrehanna Kristos near Lalibela

This project includes a condition assessment and the development of a conservation strategy for the building.

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Conservation of Late 12th-Century Rock-Hewn Churches at Lalibela

This project, which builds upon work carried out under a previous Ambassadors Fund grant, involves the conservation of the Beta Mika’el and Golgotha churches.

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Conservation of 4th-Century BC Astronomical Horizon Markers at Chankillo Archaeological Site

This project includes the conservation of 13 horizon markers and local preservation capacity building.

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Conservation of the 10th‐Century Temple of Phnom Bakheng, Phase 5

This project, which continues work begun under previous Ambassadors Fund grants and involves the conservation of the temple’s east façade, directly supports the treaty between…

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Conservation of Early 19th-Century First Baptist Church in Mawlamyine, Phase 2

The project, which continues work begun under a previous Ambassadors Fund grant, directly supports the U.S. embassy’s efforts to promote national reconciliation, respect for r…

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Conservation of the Ruins of Kua, a Medieval Swahili Town in Tanzania

This project involves site documentation, conservation, and the development of a management plan in consultation with the local community.

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