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Maritime GreenwichView of Greenwich Park in Maritime Greenwich, with the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf in the background
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Maritime Greenwich encompasses the complex of buildings within the Royal Park, a parkland in Greenwich, to the east of central London, which is a World Heritage Site. They are celebrated for being examples of European architecture at an important stage of its evolution.

The historical building at Maritime Greenwich were the work of famous architects including Christopher Wren and Inigo Jones. The architecture here inspired architectural development in Europe for subsequent generations. Among the ensemble of buildings at Maritime Greenwich includes the 17th century Queens House and the Royal Observatory. Queen's House is part of the last Royal Palace of Greenwich. It was designed by Inigo Jones and stands as the first Palladian-style building in Britain. The structure inspired the design of many classical houses and villas in the country in the subsequent two centuries.

Royal Observatory GreenwichRoyal Observatory Greenwich
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The Royal Observatory was where many famous scientists, among them Robert Hooke and John Flamsteed, made many accurate measurements of the earth's movement, and contributed to improvements in global navigation. Work at the Royal Observatory resulted in it being used today as the baseline for the world's time zone system and the measurement of longitude around the globe.

The Royal Park is also celebrated as a masterpiece of the application of symmetrical landscape design to an otherwise irregular terrain. The park is praised for being an excellent example of man's interactive with nature over two centuries.

Maritime Greenwich was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 21st session of the World Heritage Committee held in Naples, Italy, on 1 - 6 December, 1997.

National Maritime Museum, GreenwichNational Maritime Museum, Greenwich
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World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: London Borough of Greenwich
Inscription Year: 1997
Type: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: I, II, IV, VI

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