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? How to restore, preserve the history and the artifacts?

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.