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Baptist church restoration a mixed blessing for Myanmar

Historic building renovation highlights heritage splendor and poorly-understood health risk

Eastern facade of Judson First Baptist Church (Photo by Tim Webster/World Monuments Fund)

YANGON -- In a dusty ochre-and-green compound in a corner of Mawlamyine, the capital of Mon State in eastern Myanmar, a century-old Gothic-style church is celebrating the end of the first stage of a major restoration program, and the beginning of the next. By a happy chance, the restoration has also initiated a program with far-reaching implications for the health of both the nation and the country's architectural heritage.

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