Pigeons fly around Boudhanath Stupa that was opened to the public after restoration in Kathmandu, Nepal. A year and a half after a colossal earthquake destroyed hundreds of its treasured historic sites, Nepal celebrated the restoration of the iconic Buddhist monument topped in gold that towers above Kathmandu. Photo Niranjan Shrestha/AP
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A restored statue of the archangel Saint Michael is raised at the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris. Work on the chapel, within the Palais de Justice on the Ile de la Cite, started in 2008 and will finish in 2014.
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Joanna Cook, conservator at Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford home in the Scottish Borders, holds a 16th century Italian Morion helmet in the north armoury of the historic house in preparation for its reopening to the public on July 4 following a multimillion-pound restoration