In a rare exhibit, treasures from a Chinese emperor's private retreat in the Forbidden City are on display at the Peabody Essex Museum.
Curator Nancy Berlinger's rare access began with shipping a humble 200-year-old Chinese home to Salem, Mass.
Once the pride of Tripoli, Lebanon – designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer – the international fairground became another casualty of the 1975 civil war. It hasn't recovered yet.
2010 Watch List calls attention to 93 global heritage sites at risk.
The region's Jewish communities are now largely gone, but a growing movement seeks to restore and protect the synagogues, cemeteries, and other remaining landmarks.
At Nimrud, decay is accelerating for 3,000 years of history.