What does it take to safeguard the world's most famous places? How do you maintain buildings that are thousands of years old? How do you secure a historical structure that contains millions of dollars worth of artifacts?
The city of Venice attracts millions of tourist each year with its rich historic and artistic heritage. Behind the beautiful and vibrant facade, lies a city in grave danger. The Adriatic Sea that brought fortune and glory to the city is also a threat to Venice and its lagoon. When the sirens go off, Venetians brace themselves for an incoming attack. The tide rises; floodwater rushes into the city and destroys every artwork or architecture in its path. Expert teams of Engineers, Scientists and Conservators are determined to save this UNESCO World Heritage site from vanishing beneath the waves.
The beautiful cathedral of La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain has been under construction for 130 years, yet it's still not finished. After all these years, it continues to challenge modern architects. Now, a team of experts is rushing to complete this masterpiece in time to honor the genius behind its inception, Antoni Gaudi, and the 100th anniversary of his death.
With their penchant for digging into life's drama, brooding British synth-pop band Depeche Mode achieved success with darkly orchestrated hits such as "Blasphemous Rumors," "Personal Jesus" and "Strangelove." This unauthorized retrospective chronicles the band's story through previously unreleased footage and candid interviews with people who've worked closely with the band, including photographer Brian Griffin and author Jonathan Miller.
The magnificent temples of Angkor were mysteriously abandoned for hundreds of years. Now, the largest religious monument on earth is at risk of being lost again. It will take a team effort to restore this legendary world heritage site to its former glory. Researchers are discovering new clues about what went wrong in the past, while locals are fighting to save their heritage for the future.