Geographical Society of Philadelphia

Navigating Cultural Heritage: The National Museum of Brazil, Notre Dame de Paris, Palmyra

GEO Presents a Panel of Experts on Preservation and Restoration of iconic cultural properties

What happens when places you visit, cherish no longer exist?

September 2018, a devastating inferno blazed through Brazil’s National Museum, destroying the 200-year-old building and reducing the majority of its more than 20-million artifact collection to ashes.

A massive blaze broke out at the Notre Dame Cathedral, an iconic landmark in the French capital of Paris.

Palmyra named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980 remains a key historical and cultural treasure. The Syrian government retook the area in March 2016. The ancient site has survived multiple wars and strife.