By Talia Salem
When studying abroad in Paris, I always marveled at the immaculate historical buildings that surrounded me at every turn. Each building is more beautiful than the other, every meticulous detail representing some important part of France’s history. At first glance, we all might think that buildings like these are just “eye candy” that dot our collective landscapes, but these physical relics represent of our past and form an important part of our future. During that year I lived there, buildings were constantly being maintained, restored and improved on to keep their rich history alive and keep it living today. The monument to the Bastille is still the national place for protests building off the Bastille’s original role in the French Revolution so many years go. Memorials, monuments and relics like these make up such an important part of our culture, but their histories are sometimes lost and the sites themselves are difficult and costly to maintain.