Situated in north-eastern Wales, the 18 kilometre long Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal is a feat of civil engineering of the Industrial Revolution, completed in the early years of the 19th century. Covering a difficult geographical setting, the building of the canal required substantial, bold civil engineering solutions, especially as it was built without using locks. The aqueduct is a pioneering masterpiece of engineering and monumental metal architecture, conceived by the celebrated civil engineer Thomas Telford. The use of both cast and wrought iron in the aqueduct enabled the construction of arches that were light and d strong, producing an overall effect that is both monumental and elegant. The property is inscribed as a masterpiece of creative genius, and as a remarkable synthesis of expertise already acquired in Europe. It is also recognized as an innovative ensemble that inspired many projects all over the world.
Criteria for inclusion as a World Heritage Site
|i||To represent a masterpiece of human creative genius.||All|
|ii||To exhibit an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design.||All|
|iv||To be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history.||All|
|Valle Crucis Abbey||2020||6.9km||site_ao|
|Castell Dinas Bran||2020||4.9km||site_ao|
|Greenfield Valley Heritage Park||2020||36.2km||site_ao|
|The Cobweb Picture||2020||27.9km||site_ao|
|M. S. Factory, Valley||2019||25.6km||site_ao|
|Medieval Coffin in the Wall||2018||27.8km||site_ao|
|Chester Town Hall Clock Tower||2018||27.8km||site_ao|
|A Welsh Library Where You Can Stay the Night||2017||24.3km||site_ao|
|Wrexham Police Station||11km||site_brutalism|
About the source: UNESCO
Within UNESCO's broad remit, this specialised agency of the UN works towards international cooperation agreements to secure the world's cultural and natural heritage, designating venues of exceptional value as World Heritage Sites.