Nine major monuments from across the globe are set to receive funding for preservation works from the World Monuments Fund (WMF), who were given a $1,5 million grant from American Express.
This donation is the second part of a $5 million, five- year grant from American Express that aims to support the WMF.
The nine monuments that will undergo preservation includes the Pokfulam Village in Hong Kong, China; the churches of Saint Merri and Notre-Dame-de-Lorette in Paris, France; the Farnese Aviaries in Rome, Italy; Tenyuji Temple in Japan, the Fundidora Park in Monterrey, Mexico, the Gaudi-designed Güell Pavilions in Barcelona, Spain; the House of Wonders in Zanzibar as well as two sites in the UK: the Battersea Power Station in London and Sulgrave Manor.
“The longstanding support of American Express to the World Monuments Watch has resulted in preservation work at more than 150 sites in over 60 countries,” said WMF president, Bonnie Burnham.
“The sites on the 2014 Watch that will receive support are extraordinary places whose preservation will benefit both local populations and visitors from around the world.”