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Virtual exhibition: Cultural Heritage Lost, Endangered, Reborn

Although it seems that monuments, paintings and landscapes will last forever, they do not. Wars and catastrophic events, overuse or simply long-term neglect wears them away, sometimes leaving just ruins as a romantic reminder. In this European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, the Jacques Delors Institute commits itself to the heritage that has vanished, as well as that which, like some species, is becoming extinct. This is not always inevitable. The human spirit is capable of producing masterpieces and of resuscitating them. Rebuild, restore, recover. Hasn’t the European Union always been built on the ashes of totalitarianisms?

This virtual exhibit presents sites and objects of Europe’s cultural heritage that have vanished, are threatened – or are being restored. Familiar sites, others that are too little known, as well as parts of our natural heritage are illustrated in a tour of the continent’s four corners. Here, national monuments and other works that are the pride and joy of our cities and regions present some of our common European heritage. Some have been carefully been maintained and celebrated to honour our entire civilization, other have been disfigured and destroyed by war.