Global Heritage Fund works to empower communities through heritage preservation. Striving for a future that’s beyond monuments, we partner with local people, communities, organizations, and governments to both preserve the timeless heritage of the past, and ensure that it is a vibrant and beneficial part of the present. Browse our many projects below to learn how Global Heritage Fund is forging a brighter future through heritage preservation, community empowerment, and responsible long-term stewardship.

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Our Programs

Global Heritage Fund’s programs support heritage preservation through logistical, educational, and financial solutions. Whether in the deserts of the Middle East or the highland valleys of Nepal, our programs create lasting impacts for both heritage assets and local communities.

AMAL in Heritage Program

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AMAL in Heritage is Global Heritage Fund’s new program to prepare for, respond to, and recover from heritage disasters in the Middle East and North Africa. Combining diagnostic tools, remote and on-the-ground support, and educational resources, AMAL will be useful to professional conservators and laypeople throughout the region.

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Cultural Emergency Program

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After disaster strikes, the wounds of an ailing nation require more than just reconstruction. Beyond temporary economic aids, heritage offers a salve that will bind a people together. The Cultural Emergency Program works to provide immediate relief to culture in crisis in the aftermath of disasters.

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Our Investigations

Global Heritage Fund is always on the lookout for cultural heritage sites and communities in need. From India to Greece, our investigations reflect our commitment to empowering communities through heritage preservation.

Amer Fort, India

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Providing a new vision for India’s premier hill fort, GHF plans to reinvigorate the site and put it on a sound, sustainable footing.

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Ayios Vasileios, Greece

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The only Mycenaean palace ever discovered in Lakonia, Ayios Vasileios represents a significant advancement in understanding the story of archaic Greece.

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Maijishan, China

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Magnificent grottoes hollowed out in a mountain along China’s Silk Road, Maijishan represents 1,800 years of artistic tradition and the intersection of multiple peoples

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Patan Durbar Square, Nepal

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After a devastating earthquake damaged the majestic temple complex, GHF and its partners decided to step in with comprehensive emergency management and response plans.

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Current Projects

Global Heritage Fund’s current projects reflect our new focus on projects that are shorter in duration and more targeted towards immediate, on-the-ground needs. From Daia in the Carpathian villages of Romania to Dali in the remote fastnesses of Guizhou, China, we are making an impact that is immediately felt.

Ciudad Perdida, Colombia

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The Tayrona people built over 200 settlements in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Northern Colombia. With the rediscovery of Ciudad Perdida in 1975, archaeologists have discovered the most beautiful and extensive of them all.

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Daia, Romania

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The mountain communities of Transylvania, including Daia, represent the last medieval landscapes left in Europe. Idyllic remnants of a now-forgotten past, their colors and styles reflect the cultural collisions between East and West.

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Dali, China

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A living tapestry of ancient buildings, distinct people, and unique topography, Guizhou’s Dali Village is representative of one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse regions in China.

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Göbekli Tepe, Turkey

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Göbekli Tepe is the oldest place of worship ever discovered, predating the Egyptian pyramids by 6,500 years. Snatched from a time far beyond its founding, this site’s peerless architecture and artistry are marvels to behold.

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Sagalassos, Turkey

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Ancient ruins bordered by the tall mountains of coastal Turkey, Sagalassos reflects a cavalcade of historical influences from Persian, Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine periods.

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Completed Projects

Temples in China and India, forts in Russia, ancient cities in Turkey, and many more sites around the world represent the timeless heritage of the human race. Since 2002, Global Heritage Fund has been instrumental in preserving them from the ravages of natural disasters and human development.

Amtoudi, Morocco

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Among the rugged communes of Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains, the igoudar nurtured and preserved the livelihoods of local people through sophisticated systems of agricultural, social, and economic management.

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Banteay Chhmar, Cambodia

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One of the greatest architectural marvels of Southeast Asia, Banteay Chhmar is a dazzling tale of imperial splendor set amongst the tangled vines and thick jungles of Cambodia’s wild north.

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Çatalhöyük, Turkey

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Çatalhöyük, a site dating back nearly 10,000 years, has been the focus of extensive archaeological investigation and conservation efforts since 1993.

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Chavín de Huántar, Peru

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An oasis in the Andean highlands, Chavín de Huántar was the social, religious, and political center of the Chavín people for over 1000 years.

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Cyrene, Libya

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The Sanctuary of Apollo, constructed by Greek explorers in the 6th century BC, is a paragon of Classical style and emblematic of the pioneering spirit of the early Greek settlers.

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Foguang Temple, China

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Inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of the Mount Wutai ensemble in 2009, Foguang Temple is one of the finest examples of Tang Dynasty architecture remaining today.

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Hampi, India

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Located a stone’s throw from a nearby river, Hampi’s temples meld into the surrounding landscape with the grace of running water. Elegant yet understated, this site is one of the Indian subcontinent’s most stunning UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Izborsk, Russia

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Izborsk Fortress is one of the most ancient fortification monuments in Russia, dating back to the 7th century AD. Since its founding, the imposing structure has protected the ever-expanding fold of Russian imperium.

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Kars, Turkey

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Kars, an ancient city at a strategic location in the south Caucasus, retains a rich architectural history reflective of the various peoples that have come and gone throughout the centuries.

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Lijiang, China

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Lijiang Ancient Town, one of the few remaining authentic ancient towns in China, was recognized as being of outstanding universal value in 1997 when it was granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

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Mirador, Guatemala

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Mirador was the birthplace of the Maya and the cradle of their civilization. From the monumental pyramid of La Danta to the epic Popul Vuh frieze, Mirador is the shining emblem of the Maya’s cultural splendor.

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My Son, Vietnam

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My Son was almost entirely destroyed during the Vietnam War, and the remaining twenty monuments represent the oldest continuously occupied religious site in all of Southeast Asia.

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Pingyao, China

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The sounds of moving abacuses, the scribbling of ledgers, and the clinking and clanking of gold and silver coins still echo among the ancient streets of Pingyao, China’s first banking capital.

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Wat Phu, Laos

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The Wat Phu Temple was designed to express the Hindu vision of the relationship between nature and humanity, using an axis from mountaintop to river bank to lay out a geometric pattern of temples, shrines, and waterworks extending over some 10 kilometers

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