There's no denying that Europe has a rich cultural history, but a growing number of these historical landmarks are running the risk of becoming irreparably damaged. In an effort to help make sure some of these popular destinations are preserved for future generations, the advocacy group Europa Nostra is raising awareness about some sites in particular that need to be protected and hope their initiative pays off.
Europa Nostra selected 14 sites in particular that need special attention, including the Renaissance Monastery Of San Benedetto Po in Italy, which was heavily damaged by an earthquake that struck in 2012. Other sites that need repairs include Portugal's Manueline-Style Monastery And Church of Jesus Setúbal and St. George Armenian Church in Turkey, which has fallen into disrepair over the last few centuries.
"With this new advocacy program, Europa Nostra aims not only to identify the most endangered monuments and sites in Europe but also to launch a true call for action," said Denis de Kergorlay, Europa Nostra's executive vice president. "By sending multidisciplinary teams of experts to visit the selected sites, together with our partners, we will seek to contribute to finding sustainable and viable solutions for the future."
Eventually, the organization's 14 sites will be narrowed down to seven, at which point they will send out teams to survey the damage and see what can be done, The Huffington Post reports.