Britain's Lake District named World Heritage site

Britain's Lake District was named a World Heritage site by Unesco on July 9.
Britain's Lake District was named a World Heritage site by Unesco on July 9.PHOTO: BTA

WARSAW (AFP) - Britain's Lake District, an area of wild beauty that beguiled poets and artists from William Wordsworth to Beatrix Potter, was named Sunday (July 9) 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 the likes of Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Colerigde and Robert Southey, the region becomes Britain's 31st World Heritage site.

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Unesco's heritage committee considered 33 sites for the prestigious status at its annual gathering in Poland this weekend.

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.