Old Baghdad buildings disappear despite laws to protect heritage

Baghdad is struggling to hang on to its architectural heritage after decades of conflict, neglect and commercial pressure. The Iraqi capital had about 5,000 traditional buildings in 1984, but only a quarter have survived. Al Jazeera’s Simona Foltyn reports from Baghdad, Iraq. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe – Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish – … Read more Old Baghdad buildings disappear despite laws to protect heritage

Erdogan Formally Converts Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia Back Into a Mosque

The president of Turkey on Friday formally converted Istanbul’s sixth-century Hagia Sophia back into a mosque and declared it open for Muslim worship, hours after a high court annulled a 1934 decision that had made the religious landmark a museum. The decision sparked deep dismay among Orthodox Christians. Originally a cathedral, Hagia Sophia was turned … Read more Erdogan Formally Converts Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia Back Into a Mosque

The people tirelessly restoring Notre-Dame to its former glory

After months of debate, a French national heritage and architectural commission has approved plans to rebuild Notre-Dame Cathedral “as it was” before being engulfed in a fire last year. In this week’s show, we take you inside the monument to see the perilous restoration work that’s currently taking place. Next, we head to the National … Read more The people tirelessly restoring Notre-Dame to its former glory

Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia reconversion to a mosque, ‘provocation to civilised world’, Greece says

Turkey’s top court allowed Istanbul’s 6th-century Hagia Sophia museum’s conversion back to a mosque, a victory for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who called for the change and signed a decree immediately after, opening it as a place of worship. The 1,500-year-old World Heritage site was originally a cathedral, then a mosque, and a museum. … Read more Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia reconversion to a mosque, ‘provocation to civilised world’, Greece says

Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia reconversion to a mosque ‘used to divide Erdogan’s opposition’

Turkey’s top court allowed Istanbul’s 6th-century Hagia Sophia museum’s conversion back to a mosque, a victory for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who called for the change and signed a decree immediately after, opening it as a place of worship. The 1,500-year-old World Heritage site was originally a cathedral, then a mosque, and a museum. … Read more Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia reconversion to a mosque ‘used to divide Erdogan’s opposition’

Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia reconversion to a mosque causes ‘deep pain to the Russian people’

Turkey’s top court allowed Istanbul’s 6th-century Hagia Sophia museum’s conversion back to a mosque, a victory for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who called for the change and signed a decree immediately after, opening it as a place of worship. The 1,500-year-old World Heritage site was originally a cathedral, then a mosque, and a museum. … Read more Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia reconversion to a mosque causes ‘deep pain to the Russian people’

Turkish top court revokes Hagia Sophia’s museum status, ‘tourists should still be allowed in’

Turkey’s top court ruled that Istanbul’s 6th-century Hagia Sophia’s conversion from a mosque to a museum in the 1930’s was “unlawful”, paving the way to a reconversion into a house of worship. It is a victory for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who called for the change. The 1,500-year-old World Heritage site was originally a … Read more Turkish top court revokes Hagia Sophia’s museum status, ‘tourists should still be allowed in’

Turkish court clears way for Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia museum to revert to a mosque

Turkey’s top court ruled that Istanbul’s 6th-century Hagia Sophia’s conversion from a mosque to a museum in the 1930’s was “unlawful”, paving the way to a reconversion into a house of worship. It is a victory for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who called for the change. The 1,500-year-old World Heritage site was originally a … Read more Turkish court clears way for Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia museum to revert to a mosque

France to restore Notre-Dame as it was before fire

A national heritage and architectural commission has approved plans to restore Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris to its last ‘complete, coherent and known’ state, including the spire. Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/reuterssubscribe Reuters brings you the latest business, finance and breaking news video from around the globe. Our reputation for accuracy and impartiality is unparalleled. Get the latest news … Read more France to restore Notre-Dame as it was before fire

Welcome to ‘the greenest house in Europe’

It’s billed as ‘Europe’s greenest house’ – completely self-sufficient and without any harmful emissions. (Subscribe: https://bit.ly/C4_News_Subscribe) This home in Devon, UK, will generate power from solar panels and store it in hydrogen tanks rather than traditional, environmentally-unfriendly batteries. Could this be a blueprint houses of the future? Powered by the sun. No energy bills – … Read more Welcome to ‘the greenest house in Europe’

Preserving Buddhist treasures in Afghanistan

Some of the earliest statues of the Buddha are among precious items housed at the National Museum of Afghanistan. But the US estimates that nearly 70 percent of the treasures have been looted from the museum or destroyed during four decades of war or under strict Taliban rule. Now, historians at the University of Chicago … Read more Preserving Buddhist treasures in Afghanistan

Is the Government’s Rescue Package Enough to Save the Arts? | Good Morning Britain

The government has unveiled a £1.57bn support package to help protect the futures of UK theatres, galleries, museums and other cultural venues. The announcement follows several weeks of pressure, with industry leaders warning that many venues were on the brink of collapse. Independent cinemas, heritage sites and music venues will also be eligible. Subscribe now … Read more Is the Government’s Rescue Package Enough to Save the Arts? | Good Morning Britain

Arts funding will prioritise ‘crown jewel institutions’, says Culture Secretary

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said on Monday that the Government’s £1.57 billion bailout of the culture sector will begin with ‘crown jewels’ such as the Royal Albert Hall. The Government announced a package of support on Sunday for ‘museums, galleries, theatres, independent cinemas, heritage sites and music venues’ in the form of grants and loans. … Read more Arts funding will prioritise ‘crown jewel institutions’, says Culture Secretary

China celebrates Liangzhu Ancient City, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with special coins

Talk about a gift with sentimental and material value! Chinese bank authorities are celebrating a 5,300-year-old archaeological site in the eastern city of Hangzhou with special coins and releasing them on the first anniversary of the park’s addition to the UNESCO World Heritage list. The Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City in Zhejiang Province was built … Read more China celebrates Liangzhu Ancient City, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with special coins

The wild, remote beauty of the Cirque de Mafate

Located in the middle of Reunion Island, the Cirque de Mafate attracts nearly 100,000 hikers every year.  Listed as a World Heritage Site, it resembles a huge natural amphitheatre cut off from the rest of the world with no roads and only limited access via hiking trails or helicopter. So how do its 700 inhabitants get by day … Read more The wild, remote beauty of the Cirque de Mafate