Monuments Passing Into a Legend
Day by day we observe the destruction of world architectural heritage, and along with that we lose the memories of the past of mankind.
Chersonesos and 11 other archaeological sites are on the list of endangered monuments, composed by the American Global Heritage Foundation (GHF).
For example, it is El Mirador in Guatemala, one of the largest Mayan settlements relating to the 6th century BC.
The ancient capital of the Kingdom of Ani, now located in Turkey, on the border with Armenia, is also threatened.
The famous capital of the Assyrian state, Nineveh, located in modern Iraq, is at the risk.
Chersonesos Taurica is a National Museum of Ukraine and the largest archaeological site in the Black Sea coast. It is here that Christianization of Ancient Russia originates: in the Chersonesos the Prince Vladimir was baptized. In a short time they will begin active construction in this area, and there are serious concerns that, under these circumstances, the preservation of the monument will not be well secured. The situation is complicated by the fact that Chersonesos is not included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list – they only going to nominate it for this list.
Global Heritage Fund was established in 2002. During its short history, it has managed to develop a plan of salvation of a number of cultural monuments, including Izborsk fortress in Russia, a unique ensemble of the Turkish town of Kars, and some temple complexes in Vietnam and China. In its activities, the Foundation promotes an integrated approach, providing not only the physical safety of objects, but also creating economic conditions to maintain their integrity in the future, as well as arranging access to the sites for researchers and tourists.
According to the Global Heritage Fund, there are five main factors that threaten the preservation of cultural monuments:
· Active construction works without proper attention to the state of the buildings of cultural heritage on the territory.
· Lack of efforts to preserve the monuments due to the current economic and/or political situation in the country where these monuments are situated.
· Uncontrolled tourism, and as a consequence, the accelerated destruction of places of interest.
· The looting of cultural monuments.
· Military action.
It is the duty of all humanity to preserve the cultural heritage of their ancestors for future generations. The activities of international organizations and foundations contribute to this goal. Vizerra project also contributes to the preservation and promotion of cultural heritage. Together with those who take an active part in our project, we aim to ensure that everyone could see - and truly experience - the best sights in the world. We are mindful of how fragile is the material evidence of the past. Please do not forget about that too.