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Incredible UNESCO Sites in Danger of Disappearing

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

Photograph by Robert Harding Picture Library/Alamy

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Timbuktu, Mali

Why it’s special: This city at the gateway of the Sahara was an intellectual powerhouse in the 15th and 16th centuries: Koranic Sakore University and the three great mosques (Djingareyber, Sankore and Sidi Yahia) served as the hub of Islamic studies.

Why it’s in danger: Urbanization and lack of maintenance threaten the preservation of the structures.

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