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Welsh slate mines join likes of Taj Mahal and Great Wall of China with World Heritage status

Written by 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.

A view of Dinorwic Quarry, near Llanberis, Gwynedd, with Mount Snowdon in the background
Image: A view of Dinorwic Quarry, near Llanberis, Gwynedd, with Mount Snowdon in the background

Buildings that used Welsh slate include London’s Westminster Hall, Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building, and Copenhagen City Hall.

The slate mines have been awarded the status just a week after the city of Liverpool had its revoked.

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”.

 Sky News

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