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  • Liverpool rises from the coastal plains of West Lancashire,

  • where the River Mersey meets the Irish Sea.

  • Whether it be the winds of trade, war, or travel,

  • this city's fortunes have been tied to the ocean for over 800 years.

  • In the 19th century,

  • Liverpool was Britain's trading gateway to the world,

  • creating an enormous wealth that was ploughed

  • back into the city's skyline.

  • In Liverpool, every brick, gable, and spire,

  • is a proclamation of the city's industry and optimism.

  • Right in the heart of Liverpool,

  • by the banks of the city's beloved River Mersey,

  • is Pier Head. Wander across this floating pier,

  • where the excitement and teary farewells of

  • Transatlantic steamship passengers once filled the air.

  • Just behind Pier Head, rises the city's crown,

  • The Three Graces.

  • Named after the Greek goddesses of charm, beauty and creativity,

  • these three buildings stand as a testament

  • to both Liverpool's former trading might,

  • and the city's eternal love of beauty.

  • One of the best views of The Three Graces

  • is from the Museum of Liverpool,

  • which traces the ways that maritime trade,

  • music and sport has shaped the city.

  • From Pier Head, a great way to explore Liverpool's waterfront

  • is aboard an iconic Mersey Ferry,

  • the riverboats which inspired the famous song.

  • Take a River Explorer Cruise,

  • and hop off at various attractions along the way,

  • such as the U-Boat Story.

  • In 1993 the German submarine, U-534,

  • was raised from the bottom of the North Sea by treasure-hunters.

  • Although no Nazi gold was found,

  • the submarine was remarkably well preserved.

  • Today the U-Boat serves as a fascinating window

  • into the men and machines which wrought havoc on

  • Allied shipping during World War Two.

  • Just upriver from Pier Head, is the city's former engine room,

  • The Albert Docks.

  • Once packed with goods such as ivory, tea and tobacco,

  • today the docks are the storehouses of many of

  • the city's historic and cultural treasures.

  • At the Merseyside Maritime Museum,

  • explore Liverpool's oceangoing past, from the ages of sail,

  • to Titanic stories of loss and sacrifice.

  • Next door, the acclaimed International Slavery Museum

  • is a sobering reminder that the bricks of Liverpool

  • were mortared with the blood and sweat of Africa.

  • When the UK's premier art institution, The Tate,

  • searched for a northern home to exhibit works

  • from its national collection,

  • the perfect home was found here, by the Mersey.

  • Just across the dock, climb aboard another submarine,

  • and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the Fab Four,

  • at The Beatles Story.

  • More than just the city's finest cultural export,

  • The Beatles were Liverpool's gift to the world.

  • Admire memorabilia that has acquired an almost sacred status,

  • such as John Lennon's spectacles, and George Harrison's first guitar.

  • A few blocks away, continue your Magical Mystery Tour,

  • down the stairs at 10 Mathew Street.

  • In the early sixties,

  • The Beatles performed at the Cavern Club almost 300 times,

  • and along with bands such,

  • the Rolling Stones, The Who, and The Kinks,

  • helped make this tiny stage the center of the musical universe.

  • But to discover the true birthplace of the Beatles,

  • take a trip to the leafy Liverpool suburbs.

  • Set in the basement of a quiet suburban house,

  • The Casbah Coffee Club ran for just three short years,

  • before being locked up for decades.

  • Today you can tour this incredible time capsule,

  • to see murals painted by the band,

  • and hear from those who were there to witness the explosion of Beatlemania.

  • Step even further back into Beatles history,

  • at St Peter's, the church where John Lennon and Paul McCartney first met.

  • In the graveyard, where the two sunbathed as teenagers,

  • lays the gravestone of Eleanor Rigby,

  • the subject of one of the Beatles most famous and haunting songs.

  • Liverpool is filled with magnificent houses of worship.

  • In 1903, a 22 year-old student of architecture won a competition

  • to design the city's new Anglican Cathedral,…his only previous design credit,

  • was a pipe stand.

  • The judges stood by their decision,

  • and 75 years later their faith was rewarded with the completion

  • of one of the world's most glorious cathedrals.

  • Not to be outdone,

  • the city's Catholic community unveiled their own,

  • rather controversial, Cathedral in the mid 1960s.

  • Today, the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral,

  • sometimes referred to asPaddy's Wigwam”,

  • stands as a testament to the daring spirit of sixties.

  • But if there are two places just as sacred to Liverpudlians as their cathedrals,

  • it's the cities football grounds.

  • Both Liverpool and Everton football clubs have made Liverpool,

  • England's most successful footballing city.

  • At Anfield Road Stadium,

  • stand before the statue of the Liverpool manager who uttered the immortal words,

  • Football is not a matter of life or death,…it's far, far more important than that.”

  • Liverpool is a city where elegance awaits at every turn.

  • Visit gardens of national importance,

  • like Sefton Park, and stop by the bandstand that inspired The Beatles',

  • Sargent Pepper's Album.

  • Explore the lavish interiors of stately homes,

  • like Croxteth Hall and Sudley House.

  • At the Walker Art Gallery,

  • stand before artistic treasures that span the great ages of humankind.

  • Not content to ride the waves of history,

  • Liverpool has forever looked to new horizons,

  • and right across the city you'll see daring architecture

  • charting a course to tomorrow.

  • Liverpool may no longer be England's gateway to the world,

  • yet each day here is voyage into a spectacular past,

  • and,…a bright bold future.

Liverpool rises from the coastal plains of West Lancashire,

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    Eric Wang   posted on 2020/10/11
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