Welsh slate mines join likes of Taj Mahal and Great Wall of China with World Heritage status
Written by Hit Music Radio News on 28/07/2021
An area of northwest Wales famed for its slate mines has been given World Heritage site status by UNESCO.
It will now become the UK’s 32nd World Heritage site and the fourth in Wales, and joins the likes of the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China among the 1,149 across the globe.
Welsh slate has been used on building roofs across the world since Roman times, with the sprawling quarry sites drawing thousands of tourists every year.
The landscape, which runs through Gwynedd, became the world leader for the rock in the 1800s.
Buildings that used Welsh slate include London’s Westminster Hall, Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building, and Copenhagen City Hall.
A United Nations committee made the decision following concerns that the new £500m Everton football stadium and other nearby developments posed a risk to the waterfront area.
The World Heritage Committee said the projects had caused “irreversible loss of attributes conveying the outstanding universal value of the property”.
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