Undergoing Restoration or Repair

WHS or significant parts thereof currently undergoing restoration or repair that affect the visitor experience. Estimated end date should be given.

Connected Sites

Site Rationale Link
Acropolis Parthenon and Propylaea: "The Project began in 1975 and is now nearing completion" (wiki Jan 2016)
Al Zubarah Fort is partially covered ("almost finished" - Jan 2016)
Ancient Kyoto Kiyomizudera Temple has restoration projects under way that are expected to be completed in 2019. Currently, the Okunoin Hall, Amida Hall, and Shaka Hall are being renovated.
Ancient Nara The East Pagoda at Yakushiji Temple is currently being renovated and is covered by scaffolding; the restoration should be completed in 2019.
Chartres Cathedral Interior under scaffolding (July 2015)
Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios Monastery of Daphni (completion date unknown, ongoing for many years)
Echmiatsin and Zvartnots Etchmiadzin Cathedral: The latest renovation of the cathedral began in 2012, with a focus on strengthening and restoring the dome and the roof. In July 2014 it was still covered with scaffoldings.
Fortifications of Vauban The tower in Camaret-sur-Mer is closed for renovation (full year 2016).
Gelati Monastery The ancient frescoes in the Gelati Monastery have been damaged by rainwater due to improper restoration of the roof, the UNESCO has claimed. The UNESCO has notified Georgian authorities that the roof should be repaired not later than February 2022, since its absence could lead to further damage to the temple.
Hal Saflieni Hypogeum As of September 2016, the site is closed for the installation of a new micro-climate-controller. (wiki)
Istanbul Chora church (only the Narthices are open)
Kandy Queen's Bath House in Kandy (located in the lake close to the Temple of the Tooth) was covered with scaffoldings in November 2015.
Kew Gardens Palm House is closed for extensive, 5-year restoration
Loire Valley The Château d'Azay-le-Rideau is currently enclosed by scaffolding during restoration that started in 2015 and is expected to be completed in 2018. There is an interactive website in English, French, and Spanish detailing the work that is being done.
Luther Memorials Lutherstadt Wittenberg: extensive restoration at the Schloss (Dec 2015)
Margravial Opera House Interior is undergoing extensive restoration since Oct 2012 (will last at least until Spring 2018
Maritime Greenwich Painted Hall (2016-2019)
Monticello The Rotunda at the University of Virginia is currently covered by scaffolding while it is being restored; this restoration should be completed between April and July 2016.
Naples Palazzo Reale
Nikko The main hall at Rinnoji remains enclosed by scaffolding, but remains open through its restoration, which is expected to be complete in March 2019. Also, the prominent Yomeimon Gate at the Toshugo Shrine is also undergoing restoration and covered by scaffolding; this restoration is also expected to be complete in March 2019.
Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai The interior of the nave at Tournai Cathedral is undergoing restoration and is covered in scaffolding, until at least 2017.
Novodevichy Convent A well-documented fire broke out during restoration of the convent's bell tower in 2015. Because of the fire, repairs are now expected to be completed in 2019.
Old Town of Galle Clock Tower (near the main entrance to the walled city) is covered with scaffoldings (Nov 2015) - seems like some minor restoration
Paris, Banks of the Seine The Notre-Dame cathedral will undergo restoration work more than two years after a blaze ravaged the heritage landmark in 2019. It remains on course to reopen in 2024. The focus until September 2021 had been on making the cathedral safe before restoration work could begin.
Plantin-Moretus Museum Partly closed now for refurbishment, will be fully closed May-Sept 2016 and reopen on Sept 30, 2016
Polonnaruva Thuparama Temple (part of Sacred Quadrangle) - scaffoldings, seems like maintaining the complete structure of the building, no info on how long it will last (Nov 2015)
Regensburg the Stone Bridge is under restoration until 2017
Reims parts of the western facade under scaffolding (May 2015)
Santiago de Compostela Pórtico da Gloria is completely covered (March 2016) - seems to be already going on for years
Tombs of Buganda Kings The repair after the 2010 fire of the main thatched structure, that houses the tombs of the 4 former kings, is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.
Trier Imperial Roman Baths (Jan 2016 - under scaffolding)
Venice and its Lagoon St. Mark's Basilica is partially covered by scaffolding. Completion date unknown. Rialto bridge has been under repair since April 2015.
Westminster Palace of Westminster - future restoration (that may take up to 6 years)


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