A masterpiece of human creative genius … the interaction of man and nature over two centuries

From the draft Statement of Outstanding Universal Values,


1.2.5      The Royal Park is a masterpiece of the application by Andre Le Notre of symmetrical landscape design to irregular terrain.

1.2.8     [UNESCO inscription] Criterion (i): represent a masterpiece of human creative genius; The public and private buildings and the Royal Park at Greenwich form an exceptional ensemble that bears witness to human artistic and creative endeavour of the highest quality.

1.2.9 [UNESCO inscription] Criterion (ii): 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; Maritime Greenwich bears witness to European architecture at an important stage of its evolution, exemplified by the work of great architects such as Inigo Jones and Christopher Wren who, inspired by developments on the continent of Europe, each shaped the architectural development of subsequent generations, while the Park exemplifies the interaction of man and nature over two centuries.

1.2.10 [UNESCO inscription] Criterion (iv): be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history; The Palace, ORNC and Royal Park demonstrate the power, patronage and influence of the Crown in the 17th and 18th centuries and its illustration through the ability to plan and integrate culture and nature into an harmonious whole.

1.2.11 [UNESCO inscription] Criterion (vi): be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance; Greenwich is associated with outstanding architectural and artistic achiegements as well as with scientific endeavour of the highest quality through the development of navigation and astronomy at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, leading to the establishment of the Greenwich Meridian and Greenwich Mean Time as world standards.

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