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Albania to lease ancient monuments to businesses

The government of Albania is set to lease it’s ancient monuments to private businesses due to a lack of funds needed to preserve them.

Bace says detailed plans for the use of these monuments will determine which parts of them are suitable for commercial activities and which parts should not be touched.

Rich with monuments dating back to Roman times, Albania has struggled for years to preserve them properly, as government after government failed to invest enough in restoration.

However, the proposal, which could be acted on as soon as next month, has drawn a fierce response from historians, archeologist and architects, some of whom accuse the authorities of failing to safeguard the nation’s heritage.

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Story: Balkan Insight | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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