The decision was made during a secret ballot by the UNESCO Committee in China.
The organization had previously warned the city that construction, including the new Everton Football Stadium and the Liverpool Waters project, had led to an “irreversible loss of distinction.”
Liverpool Mayor Joanne Anderson called the decision incomprehensible. Nearly 30 personalities from politics, football and academia have signed a letter asking UNESCO not to withdraw their status. It highlighted in particular that the new £ 500 million stadium, built in one of the city’s poorest areas, would bring “millions of people to the banks of the River Mersey” to learn about the city’s maritime history and the whole of Britain.
Liverpool is now the third place to lose its World Heritage status. Other places were the Omani Sanctuary of the Arabian Rhinoceros in 2007 and the Dresden Elbe Valley in 2009.
Liverpool earned this highly coveted title in 2004 due to its historical and architectural significance, joining the list of world-famous landmarks such as the Taj Mahal, the Egyptian pyramids and Canterbury Cathedral. Liverpool was an important center of trade during the British Empire and played a significant role in the development of the whole empire.
Prague is also in danger, warned UNESCO
UNESCO also warned the Czech capital in 2019 against inclusion in the list of monuments that are in acute danger of extinction.
The commissioners were bothered by the planned high-rise buildings and the forthcoming new building law, which does not provide for binding opinions of conservationists. UNESCO blames the Czech state and Prague for insufficient care for the historical heritage. However, the municipality did not consider the exclusion from the list a real risk.