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Royal Botanic Gardens, Kewis a historic landscape garden that is recognised as a World Heritage Site. Located to the west of Central London, the Royal Botanic Gardens has greatly contributed to the understanding of botany throughout the world.

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is also known simply as Kew Gardens. It was founded in 1759 and today ranks as the world's largest collection of living plants. The living collection includes over 30,000 different kinds of plants, while its herbarium, which is also one of the largest in the world, holds over 7 million preserved plant specimens. Its library contains 750,000 volumes and its illustration collection contains 175,000 prints and drawings of plants. Within the Kew site itself are four Grade I listed buildings and 36 Grade II listed structures. Among the famous landmarks at Kew Gardens is the Chinese pagoda. Built in 1761, it is still standing today.

The Chinese Pagoda of Kew GardensThe Chinese Pagoda of Kew Gardens
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The Royal Botanic Gardens were inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 27th session of the World Heritage Committee in Paris, France, on 29 June - 5 July, 2003.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 51 28 55.0 W 0 17 38.5 in the borough of Richmon upon Thames, London.
Inscription Year: 2003
Type: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: II, III, IV

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