cultural heritage protection

“Who the hell are you?”

“Headquarters sent me to assist you.”

“Headquarters knows I work alone.”

“I’m not here as your operational partner, ma’am. I’m here as your legal advisor.”

“My legal advisor?“

“Ma’am, do you realise you unnecessarily violated over fifty local, state and international statutes in the course of your most recent operation?”

“They’ve seriously sent you to –“

“Among other things: kidnapping, grand larceny, aggravated assault –“

“Now hold on just a –”

“– public indecency, unlicensed operation of heavy machinery, desecration of a protected cultural heritage site –“

“Desecration of a what?“

“– contributing to the delinquency of a minor, breach of fiduciary duty, and violation of the Endangered Species Act.“

“… that bird had it coming.”



Roofpool and inner garden - rebirth of Hungária Bath Budapest

In the 1820’s the owner of the ground where the Hungária Bath later stood, a silk trader, named András Gamperl, discovered cold water spring rich in mineral salts while digging a well. On 23rd May 1827 he opened the Gamperl Iron Bath here. The Big Flood of 1838 washed away that first building. The rebuilt bath - operating earlier with just 15 tubes - was expanded, and citizens of Pest began to refer to it, as Hungária Bath.
In 1897 Hungária Bath was bought by the Ringer family. By that time the bath had alraedy several bathrooms, four guestrooms and a relaxation garden too. This medicinal public spa with 1,500 cubicles, a buffet, a separate so-called fashion section, stone bathes, four steambathes and 60 tubes counted to be an impressive, modern bath of the capital.
In 1907 Hungária Bath was rebuilt by the plans of Emil Ágoston. Renovations were completed in 1910, and the bath became a several-storey, Viennese secession style building, where in addition to the accustomed facilities a columned swimming hall was added. The glass dome of the swimming pool was mechanically adjustable, and in nice wheater, guests could enjoy bathing under the sky! The swimming pool served as scene of numerous international competitions too.
Passing time and WWII did their work, the building of Hungária Bath (closed as bath from the 1950’s became more and more neglected, finally only some parts of the shiny majolica walltiles and the facade remained.
In summer 2004 the National Office of Cultural Heritage ordered the interim protection of buildings at risk in the area of the former Jewish ghetto of Budapest, including the Hungária Bath. On 7th February 2005 the remaining section of the spa was declared a listed building. And finally the restoration started! The result is amazing!

Archivist/librarian Dorian is important. Dorian who wants to preserve and protect cultural heritage and knowledge is important. Dorian who seems so shallow and frivolous but who, out of all the places he might find or make for himself in Skyhold, prefers a small, cozy, quiet nook filled with books and surrounded by other researchers is important. Dorian whose war table missions are about locating and acquiring specific texts for the Inquisition’s library is important.

What do librarians do? Alphabetize things, some will say. Shelve books, some will say. Stamp them. But my friends, I have a Masters in Library Science and I will tell you that what librarians truly do is collect, organize, protect, preserve knowledge. Not books, or not just books. Knowledge. The collective wisdom of all of human history. And why do they do that? Because they like to read? Because books are neat? 


So the information, the knowledge, can be used. So it is available to people who need it. So it is not forgotten, and it can inform future generations. 

Librarianship, at its core, is a service profession. It is a calling dedicated to helping others. To education.

Librarian Dorian is important.


Some Han Dynasty style dressed individuals playing traditional Chinese instruments at Zizhuyuan (Purple Bamboo Park) in Beijing, China.

My friend told me that they put on these mini-performances as a form of supporting traditional Han culture (a heritage protection group). He also told me that he joined their events sometimes so he has one of these outfits too. I wish I had asked for a picture of him in his outfit (he’s cute >v<).

Italy's 'monuments men' unearth treasures from ruins of Amatrice quake

The first mission of the new Italian “Blue Helmet” force dedicated to defending cultural heritage was supposed to be in Palmyra, the ancient Syrian city whose monuments were destroyed by Islamic State.

But when a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy in August, killing 298 people and devastating the town of Amatrice, the 60 modern-day “monuments men” headed to the rubble, in territory far more familiar than what they were trained for.

On Friday their work in Amatrice was completed. They leave having recovered 900 pieces of art such as altarpieces and other paintings from museums, chapels and shrines.

Fabrizio Parrulli, commander of the carabinieri cultural heritage protection department, said the pieces were being kept in Rieti, where they would be restored before returning home. Read more.
TED Prize Goes to Archaeologist Who Combats Looting With Satellite Technology
An archaeologist’s quest to track illicit digs at ancient sites, part of a global effort to stop such activity, has received a $1 million TED prize.
By Ralph Blumenthal and Tom Mashberg

Just a reminder that archaeological and cultural heritage looting is not just a thing of the past, in case anyone thought I was overreacting in this post about that game about looting.


You know, there are days where that translation software just pays for itself.


Untouchable Landscapes by The Migrant Garden Team

40 bird-nests designed by the well know firms. Focused on the issues of forced migration of the Isle de Pinedoʼs birds, promoting an architectural culture attentive to issues of sustainability, landscape and cultural heritage protection.