Snapshot: 12 Photos of Liverpool, England

Perhaps most famous now as the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool is a historic port city on the North-West coast of England, which throughout the nineteenth century was at the center of Britain’s shipping trade. Nowadays it’s renowned as a creative cultural hub, famed for producing artists, writers, musicians and actors, and was named the European Capital of Culture for 2008. Let’s take a tour around its distinctive skyline and streets with this photo gallery:

The Royal Liver Building is one of the "Three Graces" that dominate Liverpool's Pier Head waterfront (Pic: Peter Byrne/PA)

The Royal Liver Building is one of the “Three Graces” that dominate Liverpool’s Pier Head waterfront. (Peter Byrne/PA)

The cavernous Liverpool Cathedral is the longest cathedral building in the world, and has the fifth-largest overall volume. (Miguel Mendez/Wikimedia Commons)

The cavernous Liverpool Cathedral is the longest cathedral building in the world, and has the fifth-largest overall volume. (Miguel Mendez/Wikimedia Commons)

Just half a mile away, meanwhile, stands the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. The combination of its distinctive shape and Catholic denomination have earned it the local nickname "Paddy's Wigwam". (Wikimedia Commons)

Just half a mile away, meanwhile, stands the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. The combination of its distinctive shape and Catholic denomination have earned it the local nickname “Paddy’s Wigwam.” (Wikimedia Commons)

Liverpool John Lennon Airport, formerly known as Speke Airport, was named after the former Beatle in 2002 (Pic: Peter Byrne/PA)

Liverpool John Lennon Airport, formerly known as Speke Airport, was renamed to honor the former Beatle in 2002. (Peter Byrne/PA)

Anfield (foreground) and Goodison Park (background), the home stadia of soccer teams Liverpool FC and Everton FC respectively, are separated by just 0.8 miles, the third shortest distance between stadia in Britain. (Simon Bellis/Cal Sport Media via AP)

Anfield (foreground) and Goodison Park (background), the home stadia of soccer teams Liverpool FC and Everton FC respectively, are separated by just 0.8 miles, the third-shortest distance between soccer grounds in Britain. (Simon Bellis/Cal Sport Media via AP)

The Radio City Tower originally opened in 1969 as St. John's Beacon, with a revolving restaurant at the top. After the restaurant's closure, it lay derelict for two decades, until finding its calling as the home of the city's commercial radio station in 1999. (iknow-uk/Flickr)

The Radio City Tower originally opened in 1969 as St. John’s Beacon, with a revolving restaurant at the top. After the restaurant’s closure it lay derelict for two decades, until finding its calling as the home of the city’s commercial radio station in 1999. (iknow-uk/Flickr)

The Albert Dock was originally the center of Liverpool's shipping trade, but is now a vast multi-purpose tourism site including shops and galleries. (Guenter Schenk/PA)

The Albert Dock was originally Liverpool’s major shipping hub, but is now a vast multi-purpose tourism site including shops and galleries. (Guenter Schenk/PA)

This historic bascule bridge near the city's Stanley Dock, pictured looking worse-for-wear in 2009, was refurbished in 2010, and can be seen in the film "Captain America: The First Avenger" (John Bradley/Wikimedia Commons)

This historic bascule bridge near the city’s Stanley Dock, pictured looking worse-for-wear in 2009, was refurbished in 2010, and can be seen in the first Captain America movie. (John Bradley/Wikimedia Commons)

The French street theater company Royal de Luxe put on this marionette display  on Liverpool's waterfront in July 2014, to commemorate World War I. (Rui Vieira/Rex Features via AP)

The French street theater company Royal de Luxe put on this marionette display on Liverpool’s waterfront in July 2014, to commemorate World War I. (Rui Vieira/Rex Features via AP)

Six miles north of the city, Crosby Beach is home to “Another Place”, an installation of 100 identical statues by artist Anthony Gormley. (Peter Byrne/PA)

In the distance here can be seen the Wirral Peninsula, a largely rural area separated from Liverpool by the River Mersey. (Peter Byrne/PA)

In the distance here can be seen the Wirral Peninsula, a largely rural area separated from Liverpool by the River Mersey. (Peter Byrne/PA)

The Cavern Club, famous early home of the Beatles, closed in 1973 due to underground railway construction, but was reopened - using many of the original bricks - on the same street in 1984. (Peter Byrne/PA)

The Cavern Club, famous early home of the Beatles, closed in 1973 due to underground railway construction, but was reopened—using many of the original bricks—on the same street in 1984. (Peter Byrne/PA)

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