The World Heritage Committee, meeting in Krakow named three new sites and added two extensions to UNESCO’s World Heritage list
Places in Brazil, Turkey and the UK have all been recognised.
England’s Lake District has been included for its beauty, farming and the inspiration it has provided to artists and writers. It’s the first national park in the UK to be given the accolade-
Turkey’s archaeological site of Aphrodisias is also on the list. It consists of two components, the marble quarries and the temple of Aphrodite which dates from the 3rd century BC.
The sites must have outstanding international importance and the Valongo Wharf in central Rio de Janeiro is such a place. It was built for the landing of thousands of African slaves back in 1811.
The first site extension is in Germany.The Bauhaus building in Weimar was recognised in 1996 for its lasting influence on the image of modernism and this has been extended to other buildings in Dessau and Bernau.
And finally Strasbourg. Its historic centre the Grande-ile was acknowledged in 1988 but its World Heritage status has been extended to include the town of Neustadt, for its architectural impact.