Chichen Itza
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World Heritage Site

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Protective Shelters

Sites where a modern "shelter" (often in the form of a steel shed) has been erected over a significant part of the site to protect it from the elements.

The connection belongs to Trivia connections.

Connected Sites

  • Aquileia Link
  • Ban Chiang
  • Biblical Tells: Hatzor palace
  • Hiraizumi: Protective shelter of Konjikido Hall in Chusonji Temple
  • Ironbridge Gorge: Over the Old Furnace in Coalbrookdale
  • Jelling: The stones are protected by glass covers. A competition to design them took place in 2010 and the project was inaugurated in Dec 2011 Link
  • Joya de Ceren
  • Kotor: The Roman mosaics at Risan
  • Lalibela: Supposedly temporary during restoration - in Oct 08 new structures were opened to replace others 10 years old ("The churches that were covered with shelters are: Biet medhane-Alem, Biet Mariam, Biet Masqal, Bier Ammanuel and Biet Abba-Libanos")
  • Longobards in Italy: Castelseprio-Torba: at the basilica parts of the original floor are under a protective shelter
  • Lumbini: Building covers the ancient ruins
  • Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor: Complete buildings safeguard the Terracotta Warriers
  • Megalithic Temples of Malta: Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples are protected by big tents to prevent erosion.
  • Mérida: Covering the Roman mosaics
  • Ohrid Region: The mosaics at the early Basilica are covered from the sun by a roof structure
  • Panamá: Salon Bolivar: The little museum is entirely enclosed by glass to protect it and is actually in the courtyard of another building, the massive Palacio Bolívar
  • Paphos: Mosaics
  • Persepolis: The Apadana Staircase has been protected by a roof since the mid 1990s Link
  • Petra: The Byzantine Church with its mosaics is covered
  • Polonnaruva: Gal Vihara
  • Quirigua
  • Ruins of León Viejo: Several buildings
  • Silk Roads: Danfeng Gate Xian - the new "reconstructed" gate is in fact a protective shelter suspended over the archaeological remains which are visible inside the "new" gate. The Nomination file only shows photos of the site before the reconstruction and states "After excavation, Danfeng Gate is protectively covered by shelter, and opened for exhibition. The covering shelter was built with an architectural and artistic attempt to imitate a Tang Dynasty style." See  Link
  • Taxila: Jaulian Monastery Link
  • Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae: Covered by a large tent
  • Thang Long: Archaeological sites
  • Um er-Rasas: over St Stephen's Church and part of the Church of the Lions (Unesco website)
  • Villa Romana del Casale: Plexi glass covering protects the mosaics
  • Xochicalco: Over the Rampa de los Animales
  • Yin Xu: Archeological sites
  • Çatalhöyük


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A connection should:

  1. Not be "self evident"
  2. Link at least 3 different sites
  3. Not duplicate or merely subdivide the "Category" assignment already identified on this site.
  4. Add some knowledge or insight (whether significant or trivial!) about WHS for the users of this site
  5. Be explained, with reference to a source