Liverpool has been stripped of its World Heritage status because of developments on the city’s waterfront.
The decision was made following a secret ballot by the UNESCO committee at a meeting in China.
UNESCO had previously warned that the developments, which include Everton FC’s new stadium, had resulted in “irreversible loss of attributes”.
Liverpool becomes only the third site to lose its World Heritage status since the list began in 1978, the other two being Oman’s Arabian Oryx Sanctuary in 2007 and the Dresden Elbe Valley in Germany in 2009.
The city was awarded the much-coveted title in 2004 in recognition of its historical and architectural impact, joining places including the Taj Mahal, Egypt’s Pyramids and Canterbury Cathedral.
It recognised Liverpool’s history as a major trading centre during the British Empire and its architectural landmarks.
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