The Scottish capital since the 15th century "has two distinct areas: the Old Town, dominated by a medieval fortress; and the neoclassical New Town, whose development from the 18th century onwards had a far-reaching influence on European urban planning. The harmonious juxtaposition of these two historic areas...is what gives the city its unique character.
"The group constitutes a major prehistoric cultural landscape which gives a graphic depiction of life in this remote archipelago some 5,000 years ago."
"Six areas in the historic centre and docklands of the maritime mercantile City of Liverpool bear witness to the development of one of the world’s major trading centres in the 18th and 19th centuries. Liverpool played an important role in the growth of the British Empire and became the major port for the mass movement of people, e.g. slaves and emigrants from northern Europe to America."
"The coastal exposures within the site provide an almost continuous sequence of Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous rock formations spanning the Mesozoic Era. The site includes a range of internationally important fossil localities...which have produced well preserved and diverse evidence of life during Mesozoic times."
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The 204 year old canal, still used by thousands of narrow boat enthusiasts, is 18 kilometers long with an aqueduct across the River Dee that is 126 ft high and 1,007 ft long but only 11 ft wide and 5.25 ft deep.
UNESCO said:..."the building of the canal required substantial, bold civil engineering solutions, especially as it was built without using locks. The aqueduct is a pioneering masterpiece of engineering and monumental metal architecture, conceived by the celebrated civil engineer Thomas Telford."