The Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey and St Margaret’s Church was inscribed as a cultural World Heritage Site in 1987. The designation of this group makes them one of 851 buildings and sites worldwide considered to have ‘outstanding universal value’ and to be part of the world’s cultural and natural heritage. A significant proportion of the Westminster Abbey and Parliament Square Conservation Area is included.
The justification for the inscription for the Westminster World Heritage Site and its outstanding universal value can be summarised as follows:
Further information on the unique qualities and significance of the site, as well as key management objectives, can be found in the Westminster World Heritage Site Management Plan.
The Westminster World Heritage Site Steering Group comprises all organisations involved in the management and protection of the site and this is currently chaired by Westminster City Council.
A comprehensive list and description of the UK's 28 World Heritage Sites is also avaliable on the UK World Heritage Portal along with other useful contacts and information.
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