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 Forth Bridge in Scotland Becomes UNESCO World Heritage Site

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The 125-year-old Forth Bridge, on the east coast of Scotland, has been officially inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The world-famous cantilever bridge is Scotlands sixth World Heritage site, joining Edinburgh Old and New Towns, the Heart of Neolithic Orkney, New Lanark, the Antonine Wall and St Kilda.

When it was constructed it was one of the most ambitious projects of its kind ever attempted, and at its peak, more than 4,500 men were employed building it, with construction taking eight years to complete.

The Forth Bridges Inscription as a World Heritage Site is an honour, and true recognition of the bridges unique place in Scotlands history. Spanning two and a half kilometres and comprising 53,000 tonnes of mild steel, the Forth Bridge is a monument to innovative industry and engineering. Its giant double-cantilever towers, with their powerful yet graceful design, are recognised the world over, said Scotlands First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon. The Scottish Government and its agencies are working together to ensure our diverse historic environment from the industrial heritage of the Forth Bridge and New Lanark to the Neolithic Heart of Orkney is understood, valued, cared for and protected now, and for future generations.

Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland, added, As far as potential visitors to Scotland are concerned, World Heritage Site status lends even greater aura and appeal to one of the planets most instantly recognisable landmarks. And the timing is perfect as, in 2016, this country will celebrate the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design and you would be hard-pushed to find a better example of all three qualities anywhere in the world than in the Forth Bridge.

UNESCO, Scotland

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