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Museum of Liverpool, Pier Head, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK

Seen at low tide on the River Mersey, if you hadn't guessed.

 

Arguably, all of Liverpool's success as one of the most prominent ports in the world was due to this sea wall.

 

The splendid new Museum of Liverpool is due to open in July 2011.

Designed by the Danish architects 3XN, the building really grabs me: it's an excellent, landmark development complementing the nearby 'Three Graces' without overly deferring to their early 20th Century classicism.

 

A number of war memorials occupy the waterfront between here and the Museum; the Merchant Navy memorial and Tom Murphy's 1998 statue of Captain Frederic 'Johnnie' Walker, hero of the Battle of the Atlantic, are visible.

Albert Dock is in the background, beyond the inlet to Canning Dock. The modern art gallery of Tate Liverpool occupies the nearer end of the complex.

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Taken on July 19, 2009