Latest Cultural preservation News

Venice tide barriers pass another test, but skeptics remain

Dec. 7, 2019 5:03 AM EST

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Floated along by barge , one of the 10-ton barriers designed to relieve Venice’s perennial flooding looks like a giant plaything: an oversized hinged yellow Lego. Central to the plan to protect the city, some or all of the 78 barriers will one day be raised when the sea rises...

Belgian Carnival town renounces UNESCO title over racism row

Dec. 1, 2019 5:09 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The famed Belgian Carnival town of Aalst wants to renounce its place on the U.N. cultural heritage list, saying it is sick of widespread complaints that this spring’s edition contained blatant anti-Semitism. Town officials say the float objected to, with stereotypical depictions of...

Homeowners relish tree at heart of California Christmas rite

Dec. 1, 2019 3:24 PM EST

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — At the heart of an annual California Christmas tradition lies a struggling deodar cedar tree in the city of Fresno. Nearly a century ago, the tree was decorated by Willian and Mae Winning in memory of their teenage son after he died from a fall, the Fresno Bee reported Sunday....

Puerto Rico governor’s mansion to feature original color

Nov. 22, 2019 6:15 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Crews are painting the historic governor’s mansion in Puerto Rico’s capital to match its original color from the 16th century. Officials said Friday that 130 coats of paint were extracted from the mansion’s walls during a 2015 project to identify the...

Young Venetians volunteer after flood of their lifetimes

Nov. 16, 2019 1:35 PM EST

VENICE, Italy (AP) — As soon as waters receded from this week’s devastating flood, about 50 young Venetians wearing rubber boots and gripped by a sense of determination showed up at the city’s Music Conservatory to help save precious manuscripts. Thanks to their work, some 50 linear meters of...

Historic flooding highlights Venice’s vulnerability

Nov. 15, 2019 4:47 PM EST

VENICE, Italy (AP) — The historic lagoon city of Venice exists on the edge of a double threat: As it sinks, the seas rise. That reality became more stark this week when Venice was hit with its worst flood in over 50 years, caused by a nearly 1.9 meter (6-foot) tide that sent waist-high water flowing...

Paella for one: Barcelona dazzles when you're traveling solo

Nov. 12, 2019 10:49 AM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — They were on girls' trips, guys' trips, family vacations and honeymoons. They were on the train, sharing massive platters of seafood paella and packed into Anton Gaudí's mind-bending architectural jewels. And then there was me. The solo female traveler in Barcelona. If you're...

Firefighters seek hot spots at historic inn struck by fire

Nov. 2, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

POCONO MANOR, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say firefighters are still looking for hot spots at a wind-whipped fire that has destroyed much of a century-old Poconos resort. No injuries were reported in the blaze reported at 6 a.m. Friday at the Pocono Manor Resort, which is on the National Register of Historic...

Fire whips through historic Poconos resort; guests evacuate

Nov. 1, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

POCONO MANOR, Pa. (AP) — A wind-whipped fire has destroyed much of a century-old Poconos resort that's on the National Register of Historic Places. General Manager Don Snyder calls the damage Friday to the Pocono Manor Resort "heartbreaking." No injuries have been reported in the 6 a.m. blaze, which burned...

Investigators inspect ruined Okinawan castle for fire cause

Nov. 1, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Fire and police investigators inspected the burned-out ruins of Shuri Castle on Okinawa on Friday to determine the cause of the fire that nearly destroyed the symbol of the Japanese island's cultural heritage and history of struggle. The fire Thursday burned down the three main halls and four...