With the news that developments on London South Bank threaten Westminster’s UNESCO World Heritage status it has got us thinking about the context of our most beloved heritage sites.
When they were originally built they were the feature of the city, town or country they situated. However, modern developments threaten their context and they no longer hold the same presence they once did – for instance the ongoing story of the Tower of London’s UNESCO status being revoked due to its surrounding skyscrapers – god forbid!
Here are 11 examples of old buildings completely dominated by modern skylines…
Coliseum – Rome, Italy
The Acropolis – Athens, Greece
Tower of London – London, England
The Great Pyramids – Cairo, Egypt
Shinto Shrine – Honolulu, Hawaii
Dolmabahce Palace – Istanbul, Turkey
Blue Mosque – Istanbul, Turkey
St. Patrick’s Cathedral – New York, New York
Tower Bridge – London, England
Unnamed Medieval Castle – Hunedoara, Romania
Grimaldi Palace – Monte Carlo, Monaco
Do you think modern buildings add to the diversity of the historic landscape? Or do you want to bulldoze everything built this century? Let us know what you think!
Historical Honey 2013 ©