Photo. The beautiful Albert Dock area in the dark evening.
Liverpool deserves it better than any other city. Seen through history Liverpool has fostered the best pop group in the world, the Beatles, and it has also the best football team in the world, Liverpool F.C. The city has also become incredible modern. As of 2000, the award has often gone to two or more cities, and in 2008, Liverpool shares the title with Stavanger in Norway.
A broad range of events have been organised to satisfy every taste for the visitors who would like to take part in the celebrations.
In June 2003 the Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell announced Liverpool as the European Capital of Culture 2008.
Liverpool promoted itself with the slogan "The world in one city". This focus was the main reason for that Liverpool won the competetion with other cities. Also dockside developments, city centre and strong visual arts, boosted Liverpool`s bid.
The title is expected to attract more tourists, increase investment, create jobs, and strengthen the city`s profile.
Photo. Liverpool is beautiful, probably one of the most beautiful city in England.
Liverpool is a city and metropolitan borough in the county of Merseyside, England, along the eastern side of the Mersey Estuary. Liverpool is located in the north western part of England, near Wales. Around 450 000 people live in the city. Through a fantastic effort, people in LIverpool managed to build up the city again during short time after it was heavily bombed during the Second Word War.
Inhabitants of Liverpool are referred to as Liverpudlians but are also known as "Scousers", in reference to the local meal known as 'scouse', a form of stew. The word 'scouse' is probably a contraction of 'lobscouse'.
Liverpool's urban renaissance is gaining momentum as Lonely Planet - www.LonelyPlanet.com - describes it. The city's Georgian face is beginning to shine and the once boarded-up buildings and warehouses are being transformed into new shops, cafes and fancy apartments.
UNESCO declared the waterfront and docks a World Heritage Site in 2004. Between 1830 and 1930, nine million hopefuls - English, Scottish, Irish, Swedes, Norwegians and Russian Jews - sailed from the Mersey's docks to find a better life in Australia and the USA.
The city is famed for its Mersey beat, especially from the 1960s. The Beatles will never be forgotten, and the song You`ll never walk alone is song around the world. For the people in Liverpool is more than a football song. It express the feeling of supporting and staying together both in good and bad time.
I never get tired of visiting the Beatles museam at Albert Dock in Liverpool. There are so many nice places connected to the Beatles in Liverpool, for example Penny Lane and Stawberry Field. My favourite place is Cavern Club and Flanagan`s Apple Pub in the famous Beatles street Matthew Street in down town.
In 2007 the city celebrated its 800th anniversary, and in 2008 it holds the European Capital of Culture title together with Stavanger, Norway.
Liverpool's main shopping area is Church Street, lying between Bold Street to the East and Lord Street to the West. View of Liverpool Anglican cathedral' Waterfront and docks museums
In 2004 Liverpool's waterfront was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site, reflecting the city's importance in the development of the world's trading system and dock technology. The docks are central to Liverpool's history, with the best-known being Albert Dock: the first enclosed, non-combustible dock warehouse system in the world and is built in cast iron, brick and stone. It was designed by Jesse Hartley.
Restored in the 1980s, the Albert Dock is the largest collection of Grade I listed buildings in Britain. Part of the old dock complex is now the home to the Merseyside Maritime Museum (an Anchor Point of ERIH, The European Route of Industrial Heritage), the International Slavery Museumand the Tate Liverpool.
Other relics of the dock system include the Stanley Dock Tobacco Warehouse, which at the time of its construction in 1901, was the world's largest building in terms of area, and is still the world's largest brick-work building. Also the ill-fated passenger liner RMS Titanic was registered in Liverpool.
The Pier Head is the most famous image of Liverpool, the location of the Three Graces (a fairly recent phrase), three of Liverpool's most recognisable buildings.
The first is the Royal Liver Building, built in the early 1900s and surmounted by two bronze domes with a Liver Bird (the symbol of Liverpool) on each.
Liverpool has two Premier League football clubs: Everton F.C. at Goodison Park and Liverpool F.C. at Anfield. Liverpool are statistically the most successful English football club of all-time, having won the league title 18 times, FA Cup seven times, Football League Cup seven times, European Cup/UEFA Champions League five times and UEFA Cup three times.
For me it`s no doubt: Liverpool deserves it more than any city in Europe to become the 2008 European Capital of Culture.
Go to Liverpool for a party of lifetime!
Stein Morten Lund, 18 May 2008
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