In spite of opposing opinions, rebuilding a cultural heritage item that has (almost) been completely lost is no longer as strongly condemned as one generation ago. One argument in favour of this change in attitude is (among others) the fact that all the types of interventions meant to implement the preservation of historical monuments are nothing else but (the only) construction gestures able to extend their life or even to breathe a new life into them. As a consequence, reconstruction would basically not be that different from conservation. Still, it is crucial to distinguish which is which.
Keywords: reconstruction, preservation, cultural heritage, ICOMOS, Bucharest, Romania