The Skyline of Liverpool. Royal Liver Building.
May 31, 2023

Although stripped of its World Heritage Status, The City of Liverpool is still a wonder of old and modern architecture and features some of the most iconic landmarks and buildings of the United Kingdom.

Liverpool’s history began back in 1190 where its name was Liuerpul literally translated meaning a creek or pool with muddy water. Since then, the town has grown to the city it is today, its most significant date was 1207 when King John of England granted a royal charter to grant it status as a borough, even though it consisted of only seven streets in the shape of a letter ‘H’. It now spans an area of over 43 square miles and boasts a population over 900,000 making it the seventh largest city in the United Kingdom.

When it comes to Architecture, Liverpool covers an array of styles and eras, (in fact there are over 2500 listed buildings in Liverpool.) Chronologically the earliest architectural styles were Tudor and Elizabethan, followed by Stuart and Queen Ann Style and Georgian, in fact one such building, Croxteth Hall was built in 1575 and is a mix of Elizabethan, Queen Anne and Georgian styles.

The Iconic Liver Birds.

What should be noted that the most iconic structure in Liverpool is the Liver Birds perched on the top of The Royal Liver Building, built in 1908-1911 a grade I listed building and purposely built for the Royal Liver Assurance group. It was one of the first buildings to employ the use of reinforced concrete in its construction and stands at 322 ft tall to the top of the spires, 340 ft to the top of the liver birds and 167 ft to its main roof. The building overlooks the river Mersey and is more akin to the first American skyscrapers built in a hybrid of Baroque and Byzantine styles. And to cap the building, it is crowned with a pair of clocktowers that sailors passing by could see what time it was.

The Royal Liver Building is one of the prominent features of the Liverpool skyline, as well as two other key structures along the waterfront (Known as the three graces), the other two are The Port of Liverpool Building and the Cunard Building.

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