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Maritime Greenwich: A World Heritage Site

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A World Heritage Site


What is a World Heritage Site?

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A World Heritage Site (WHS) is a monument, building, area or landscape that is recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as being 'of outstanding universal value'.

There are more than 500 such sites in over 100 countries.

Royal Naval College and the Queen's House from the Thames.
View full size image Old Royal Naval College and the Queen's House from the Thames. © NMM

World Heritage status emphasises:

This is supported by a Management Plan to ensure that future generations will continue to benefit from it. Only national governments can apply for WHS status and there is a strict assessment process before it is granted.

'Maritime Greenwich' became the United Kingdom's fifteenth World Heritage Site in December 1997. Others include Stonehenge, Hadrian's Wall, Durham and Canterbury Cathedrals, the City of Bath, and Edinburgh Old and New Towns. In London, the Tower of London and Westminster are also World Heritage Sites.

What is 'Maritime Greenwich'?

Greenwich Market.
View full size imageGreenwich market. © NMM
'Maritime Greenwich' consists of a unique historical and architectural landscape in and around London's oldest Royal Park.

It includes:


Alongside this is the importance of historic Greenwich – its major buildings and their uses - to maritime history and science.

Navigation and the Royal Navy were central to the Britain's development as a world-wide sea-trading and imperial power between the 18th and mid-20th centuries. 'Maritime Greenwich' is mostly concerned with these subjects.

Maritime Greenwich's key features are:

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