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Stonehenge fears over A303 road tunnel plan


Stonehenge with grassed over road Part of a nearby road at Stonehenge has been grassed over to help preserve the site

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A planned dual carriageway and road tunnel could have an "adverse impact" on Stonehenge, an advisory body on World Heritage Sites has warned.
The International Council on Monuments and Sites (Icomos), which advises Unesco, has expressed concern over plans for the project in Wiltshire.
The group wrote to Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin earlier in November.
An announcement about upgrading the whole A303 is expected in the chancellor's Autumn Statement.
The options include a 1.6-mile (2.5km) tunnel or two longer 1.8-mile (2.9km) tunnels that would run south of the current A303 route.
Proposals to build a tunnel beside Stonehenge were dropped seven years ago because of cost, but lobbying has continued from local councils.
A303 past Stonehenge The A303 currently passes right past the Stonehenge site in Wiltshire
Stonehenge The site is near Amesbury, thought to be the longest continuous settlement in the UK
Despite the road layout at Stonehenge being changed, the stretch of single carriageway still has many traffic jams.
In a letter seen by the BBC, the UK branch of Icomos said it wanted the government to "fully engage" with the World Heritage Committee to find a solution that "respects and maintains" the value of the "iconic and unique site".
"We appreciate the very real need to address the issue of the A303 and recognise that a tunnel could have beneficial impacts on parts of the World Heritage property," Icomos said.
"However, we are concerned that associated portals and dual carriageways could have a highly adverse impact on other parts of the World Heritage landscape that cannot be set aside, however great the benefits of a tunnel."
The Department for Transport said it had "worked closely with key organisations" and "no decisions" had yet been made.
English Heritage, which runs the Stonehenge site, said the bottleneck road was "highly detrimental" to the ancient monument.
"We have met with a representative of Icomos UK to explain the work we've done and sought feedback on it," a spokeswoman said.

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sâmbătă, 29 noiembrie 2014

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On 31 August 2014 Peter Reynaers posted a discussion, a cri de coeur -
Help! Lets hope they do not put concrete on Djozers pyramid!
based on an article in the Egypt Independent, here: http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/activists-unqualified-company-tasked-restoration-egypt-s-oldest-pyramid

Activists have launched an attack against the Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh al-Damaty after assigning a company that oversaw major deterioration and collapse of a section of the Saqqara Pyramid during its restoration.
Amir Gamal, representative of the ‘Non-stop Robberies’ movement said the minister ordered to resume the restoration of Saqqara pyramid by the same company that destroyed it before.
The company, called Shurbagy, has been working for nine years and has not been successful in any of the six projects it has worked on, he told Al-Masry Al-Youm adding that all are being investigated.
“The company has never restored any archaeological site. All projects it had were to create modern construction at archaeological sites,” he added.
“Technically, the company and officials of the Supreme Council of Antiquities committed a full-fledged crime. New walls were built outside the pyramid as if the pyramid were a modern construction, which is opposite to international standards of restoration, which prevents adding more than 5 percent of construction to antiquities if necessary,” he added.
“Adding the modern construction is a large pressure on the decaying pyramid, which threatens catastrophe,” Gamal said.
The pyramid, which is more than 4,600 years old, was first built by the ancient Egyptians and was constructed from limestone for Pharaoh Joser, who ruled from 2686–2613 BC.
Six unequal steps form the pyramid, which is 62 meters high. Inside, the pyramid has a network of corridors and a granite and marble burial chamber.
In October 2012, the ministry said the restoration of the pyramid was stopped due to inability to pay for dues of the company in charge of restoration, before being resumed again.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm  
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joi, 27 noiembrie 2014

Domul din Aachen (I)

              Dimensiunile Domului nu sunt favorabile fotografierii întregului edificiu.

marți, 25 noiembrie 2014

Rosslyn Chapel (II)

Cuvintele sunt de prisos. Fotografierea în interior nu este agreată. Turiştii se conformează cum pot.
                      No fotos! Probably the tourists did not understand Englesh well!