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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Royal Liver Building, Liverpool, England

Royal Liver Building, Liverpool, England

The Royal Liver Building is one of Liverpool's iconic Three Graces. Built in 1911 it sits majestically on the Liverpool waterfront. 

The Royal Liver Building is a Grade I listed building located in Liverpool, England.At the top are two towers and on top of each there sits a Liver Bird statue, a Liverpool icon in itself. The story goes that if these Liver Birds every fly away then the city of Liverpool will fall. I even have a plush Liver Bird which was bought for me about 25 years ago. The birds are apparently a cross between an eagle and a cormorant, a bird which is a sign of good luck to sailors.

The Liverpool liver building has two clocks which are 25 feet in diameter.Each tower also has a clock face larger than those on big Ben. These clocks started moving at the exact time of King George's coronation.  They are the largest electronically driven clocks in England.

The Royal Liver Building was England's first skyscraper and stands 13 floors tall. It was the first building to use reinforced concrete in its construction.

The building itself is still in use today, most notably by Royal Liver Insurance which has always had it's offices here.

It is a stunning building which is definitely worth a visit.

Address: Pier Head, Liverpool, Merseyside L3 1HU, United Kingdom
Construction started: 1908
Opened: 1911
Owner: Royal Liver Assurance Group
Phone: +44 151 236 4859
Architect: Walter Aubrey Thomas
Architectural styles: Baroque architecture, Byzantine architecture