In 2010 the preservation and protection of the early 18th century Amarbayasgalant Monastery in Mongolia is one of the 4 large-scale efforts among the cultural heritage preservation projects to receive financial support from the AFCP. The monastery was once the most important center of Buddhist learning and culture in Mongolia and is a rare survivor of the destruction of Buddhist monasteries during political purges in the 1930s. The monastery"s wooden main temple and other buildings are magnets for pilgrims and tourists and are highly vulnerable to damage and theft. The $575,000 AFCP award to the Arts Council of Mongolia will support preservation and protection measures to reduce the risk of fire and theft at this site, as well as the renovation of the tile roof of the main temple building.