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Liverpool: Not a World Heritage City


Liverpool has been stripped of its World Heritage status after a UN committee found developments threatened the value of the city’s waterfront.

  • The decision was made following a secret ballot by the UNESCO Committee at a meeting in China. UNESCO had previously warned that the developments, including the new Everton FC stadium, had resulted in a “serious deterioration” of the historic site.
  • The city was awarded the much-coveted title in 2004 in recognition of its historical and architectural impact, joining places including the Taj Mahal, Egypt’s Pyramids and Canterbury Cathedral.


  • Liverpool is a city and metropolitan borough in Merseyside, England.
  • Liverpool is on the eastern side of the Mersey Estuary. Its growth as a major port was paralleled by the expansion of the city throughout the Industrial Revolution.