Bolivian city in danger of collapse

Published July 1, 2014
View of Potosi. — Photo by AFP
View of Potosi. — Photo by AFP
Partial view of Potosi. — Photo by AFP
Partial view of Potosi. — Photo by AFP
View of Potosi's Cerro Rico, which is in danger of collapse due to mining operations in the area. — Photo by AFP
View of Potosi's Cerro Rico, which is in danger of collapse due to mining operations in the area. — Photo by AFP
View of San Francisco's Cathedral in Potosi. — Photo by AFP
View of San Francisco's Cathedral in Potosi. — Photo by AFP
View of the Casa de la Moneda of Potosi. — Photo by AFP
View of the Casa de la Moneda of Potosi. — Photo by AFP
View of Potosi's Cerro Rico, which is in danger of collapse due to mining operations in the area. — Photo by AFP
View of Potosi's Cerro Rico, which is in danger of collapse due to mining operations in the area. — Photo by AFP
Night view of Potosi. — Photo by AFP
Night view of Potosi. — Photo by AFP
A Quechua woman walks in the outskirts of Potosi. — Photo by AFP
A Quechua woman walks in the outskirts of Potosi. — Photo by AFP

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation's (Unesco) World Heritage Committee has recently added the colonial city of Potosi to the List of World Heritage in Danger, stating “potential degradation of the historic site by the mining operations, instability and risk of collapse of the Cerro Rico, deficiencies in conservation and inefficient enforcement of protective legislation” as reasons behind its decision.

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