Machu Picchu and Others Endangered, Group Says

By David Farley

Martin Mejia/Associated Press Machu Picchu, in Peru.

Martin Mejia/Associated Press Machu Picchu, in Peru.

The World Monument Fund, a nonprofit devoted to preserving historic places and structures, released its bi-annual list of the world’s most endangered sites. Among them are tourist meccas like Machu Picchu, as well as little-known places like the desert castles of ancient Khorezm in Uzbekistan.

The list, released this morning, includes 93 sites in 47 countries that the group says is being threatened by neglect, overdevelopment or mass tourism. Besides Machu Picchu, other well-known sites on the list includes Antoni Gaudi’s famed Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, which is being threatened by subway construction and the historic landscape of Seville, which made the list because of a proposed skyscraper nearby.

One of the most surprising selections was the Merritt Parkway in Connecticut. Its Art Deco bridges, a public works project, are threatened by pollution and neglect. Another surprise was the appearance of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin and Taliesin West houses in Wisconsin and Arizona.

A full list of sites can be found on the fund’s Web site.

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