Pictures of Liverpool
From early humble origins Liverpool, over the centuries has grown and developed to become one of the most exciting cities to visit in Europe. Liverpool, rich though it is in cultural history, is very much a city of the 21st-century and the John Lennon Aiport, named for one of Liverpool's most famous sons, to-day, welcomes visitors from every corner of the globe.
The long history of this great city stretches back in time to the 1st-century A.D. when a settlement first appeared on the bank of the Mersey. This had grown into a thriving fishing village by the year 1200 and a charter was granted by King John. Many years later with the onset of trade with the West Indies the town expanded and it is around this time that it also became known for its connection with the infamous slave trade. However, it was later still, in the 1840's that Liverpool began to develop into its present form.
The Liverpool of to-day owes much to the construction in 1846 of the "Albert Dock" a stunning architectual triumph, that soon became a treasure house of precious cargoes from all over the world. The landing stage is the largest floating quay in the world.
Sir Giles Gilbert-Scott designed the New Anglican Cathedral, it was begun in 1904, it has a wonderful organ and fine stained glass windows. In stark contrast is the new Roman Catholic Cathedral of Christ the King, with its impressive interior lanterntower of multi-coloured glass. This great modern-day Cathedral was consecrated in 1967.
Liverpool's Town Hall was designed by John Wood of Bath. Later James Wyatt was responsible for enlarging the building by the addition of a Dome. Other notable buildings are the restored Museum and Walker Art Gallery. The old parish church of St. Nicholas was rebuilt in 1952, except for the tower of 1815. This church stands in a memorial garden facing pierhead.
Standing on the Pierhead for almost acentury are the buildings known as the Three Graces. Rising to nearly 295ft is the Royal Liver Building which has two towers surmounted by the legendry Liver Birds, the Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building. The idea for these three majestic buildings was concieved and they were constructed as visible symbols of Liverpool's international prestige. To-day, these three buildings define one of the worlds most recognisable skylines.
In its long history, education for its people has been paramount and the University of Liverpool has long been recognised as an internationally renowned seat of learning which attracts students from all over.
Liverpool has a strong maritime history that goes back over 800 years and there is much that bears witness to this illustrious seafaring prowess to be seen in the town and the museums.
Much credit goes to the Lever family (responsible for Sunlight Soap and other famous products) for the attractive gardens of Port Sunlight. It is here you will find the Lady Lever Art Gallery, famous for it's outstanding collection of 18th and 19th century paintings, 18th century furniture and superb wedgwood. Also to be admired are chinese porcelain, tapestries, classical antiquities, pre-raphaelites and paintings by Turner and Constable.
The National Wild Flower Centre is set in a Victorian park in 35 acres of Parkland. This is a friendly place, it has an innovative visitors centre where visitors can learn about wild flowers in a warm and convivial atmosphere. The centre has a cafe and a souvenir shop and these buildings form part of the Port Sunlight Heritage Centre.
Liverpool's long history apart, many of the visitors who come to this great city simply come to pay homage to the birth place of the Beatles, whose music has an assured place in musical history and will live on throughout the world long after the sounds of the boy bands of today have disappeared.
The prowess of Liverpool Football has enthralled many and to-day it has a fan base that is worldwide.
This enterprising City truly has something for everyone. If it is peace and quiet that you seek, then it is to be found in the wonderful countryside that lies just a stones throw from the city. If it is sea and sand then that too can be found close by. Exciting shops are all around and there are numerous pubs, inns and restaurants many of which are renowned for their international cuisine and some that offer delicious 'home-cooked' dishes, all though provide the visitor with a unique eating experience.
There are sports dromes, cinemas, theatres and the nightlife is endless but whatever you choose to do during your visit to this most bustling of cities, when you return home, it will surely be the crossing of the mighty River Mersey that will long remain in your memory.
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