World Heritage #1150 – Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City

Last updated Nov 9, 2019 | Published on Mar 19, 2010North and Central Europe, United Kingdom, World Heritage Sites

There is more to Liverpool than a couple of football clubs and pop bands. The legacy as a major port in the cross-Atlantic slave trade is easily seen in the harbour area.

The UNESCO World Heritage List includes more than a thousand properties with outstanding universal value. They are all part of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.


Official facts

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Date of Inscription: 2004

Category: Cultural site

UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre’s short description of site no. 1150:

“Six areas in the historic centre and docklands of the maritime mercantile City of Liverpool bear witness to the development of one of the world’s major trading centres in the 18th and 19th centuries. Liverpool played an important role in the growth of the British Empire and became the major port for the mass movement of people, e.g. slaves and emigrants from northern Europe to America. Liverpool was a pioneer in the development of modern dock technology, transport systems and port management. The listed sites feature a great number of significant commercial, civic and public buildings, including St George’s Plateau.”


My visit

Liverpool is football, the Beatles and the docklands. Period. From my article describing my 2010 visit I quote this:

«The Liverpool docklands were vast in size and fast at investing in new technology. For instance theAlbert Dock was originally built in 1846 as the first enclosed non-combustible dock warehouse system in the world. The beginning of the 20th century did however bring changes to Liverpool, changes in the shape of decline and stagnation. The decline lasted for the better part of the 20th century.

Since the mid-1990’s or so the docklands and Liverpool as such, have yet again been filled with life and development, but of a totally different character than before. Today the Albert docks which we visited houses museums, several bars and restaurants and many shops. Liverpool together with my home town Stavanger was in 2008 the European Capital of Culture and several areas of the city were also included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2004.»

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