Greenwich’s World Heritage gems to be illuminated today to mark 20 years of UNESCO status; Mandy Little; London News Online

UK – Maritime Greenwich

GREENWICH’S iconic buildings are to be illuminated in unison for the first time ever to celebrate two decades of UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

The Cutty Sark, the Royal Observatory, Old Royal Naval College(ORNC) and the National Maritime Museum(NMM) including the Queen’s House are among those to be lit up tonight from 8.30pm until 11pm.

The event on what is World Heritage Day is to launch a programme of special anniversary events to mark the twentieth anniversary of Maritime Greenwich’s World Heritage Site (WHS) status. Greenwich Park and the grounds of both the ORNC and NMM will open late until 10pm for people to view the spectacle.

Maritime Greenwich was awarded the prestigious UNESCO status in 1997 in recognition of its cultural significant buildings by Christopher Wren and Inigo Jones and for its global significance in the development of astrology, time keeping and navigation.

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