Incredible UNESCO Sites in Danger of Disappearing

By Lianna Trubowitz - 2013-11-21T18:36:38Z

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The Old City of Jerusalem

Why it’s special: The city's home to more than 200 historic monuments, including the intricately decorated, gold-capped Dome of the Rock; the Jewish Quarter's Wailing Wall, which dates back to the 19th century B.C.; and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the home of Christ’s tomb. 

Why it’s in danger: The political strife and religious violence are just part of the problem. Urbanization and the crowds of tourists also pose a threat.

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