Bri­tain's Lake Dis­trict named World Her­itage site

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Bri­tain's Lake Dis­trict, an area of wild beauty that be­guiled poets and artists from Wil­liam Wordsworth to Beatrix Pot­ter, was named Sun­day as a World Her­itage site by UNESCO. The UN's cul­tural body meet­ing this week­end in Krakow praised the re­gion's "pic­turesque aes­thetic" as well as its links with Ro­man­tic art and literature. "The spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance of the Lake Dis­trict lies in the in­ter­ac­tion be­tween so­cial, eco­nomic, cul­tural and en­vi­ron­men­tal in­flu­ences," it said in a state­ment.

Con­sid­ered the cra­dle of the Bri­tish Ro­man­ti­cism move­ment pi­o­neered by Wordsworth, Sa­muel Tay­lor Co­leridge and Robert Southey, the re­gion be­comes Bri­tain's 31st World Her­itage site. John Glen, min­is­ter for arts, her­itage and tourism, said the new sta­tus would boost the Lake Dis­trict's in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion and ben­e­fit lo­cals. "It is a unique part of the world that com­bines a vi­brant farm­ing com­mu­nity with thou­sands of ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites and struc­tures that give us an amaz­ing glimpse into our past," he said in a state­ment.

UNESCO's her­itage com­mit­tee con­sid­ered 33 sites for the pres­ti­gious sta­tus at its an­nual gath­er­ing in Poland. On Sun­day it also ac­cepted Ta­puta­pu­atea, a por­tion of the "Poly­ne­sian Triangle" in the South Pa­cific thought to be the last part of the globe set­tled by hu­mans, to the list. — AFP

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