Endangered Monuments

top 10 world monuments 2010

Kyoto's Traditional Houses
These traditional Japanese townhouses, or machiya, date as far back as the 1600s, when the ancient capital's merchants and craftspeople began using them as a place to live and work under a single roof. The houses, with their wooden latticework and traditional clay roof tiles, are difficult and costly to maintain; machiya are being torn down and replaced with new, modern homes and high-rise buildings at a rate of about 500 a year.

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