Machu Picchu and Gaudi church among world heritage sites at risk

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The ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru and Japan's vanishing merchant houses in Kyoto are among the most endangered world heritage sites, according to a New York-based preservation group.

The World Monuments Fund on has released its biannual watch list of global architectural treasures at risk from urban development, tourism, neglect and bad planning.

The 2010 list comprises 93 sites in 47 countries, including ancient structures but also 15 that were built in the 20th century and are already deemed endangered classics.

Some sites, like the traditional wooden houses of Kyoto in Japan, or thatched royal tombs in Uganda, may be modest from an architectural standpoint, but represent immense cultural and historical riches.

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