Slate landscapes in North Wales named a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Slate landscapes in North Wales named a UNESCO World Heritage Site


The slate landscapes of northwest Wales were added to the World Heritage List, UNESCO said on Wednesday, a boost for Britain after the city of Liverpool was stripped of its status.

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The slate landscapes of northwest Wales were added to the World Heritage List, UNESCO said on Wednesday, a boost for Britain after the city of Liverpool was stripped of its status.

The government nominated the area for the United Nations Cultural Organization in 2020 to recognize its leading role in the manufacture and export of slate in the 18th century.

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The material has been mined in North Wales for more than 1,800 years and used to build parts of the Segontium Roman Fort near Snowdonia National Park.

Welsh slate can be found in Copenhagen’s City Hall and Melbourne’s exhibition buildings, and in 1830 half of the buildings in New York had roofs made of Welsh slate.

“The UNESCO World Heritage status is a great achievement and testament to the importance this region has played to the industrial revolution and slate mining legacy in Wales,” British Culture Minister Caroline Dinenage said in a statement.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called the lands “a distinctive corner of our land,” and Dinenage said UNESCO status would encourage investment and jobs in the area.

The status of the nearby city of Liverpool was removed this month because UNESCO said new buildings are undermining the appeal of its Victorian docks, only the third time a location has been removed from the prestigious list.

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To be included on the list, locations must be of “Outstanding Value” and meet at least one of 10 criteria, e.g.

Great Britain has more than 30 sites on the World Heritage List.

Madrid’s historic boulevard Paseo del Prado and Retiro Park as well as the Romanian gold mining area Rosia Montana have also been added in recent days.

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