The Lake District, England’s largest national park, has been designated as a World Heritage Site, Unesco said.
The national park now joins just over 1,000 World Heritage Sites worldwide including Stonehenge and Bath in the UK.
The Lake District receives 18 million visitors a year.
The Chairman of the Lake District National Park Partnership, Lord Clark of Windermere, described the prestigious status as momentous and will bring great benefits for locals, visitors, tourism, businesses and farming.
Lord Clark said: “It is this exceptional blend which makes our Lake District so spectacularly unique and we are delighted UNESCO has agreed.
“A great many people have come together to make this happen and we believe the decision will have long and lasting benefits for the spectacular Lake District landscape.”
The World Heritage Committee was meeting in Krakow, Poland, where it reviewed 33 nominated sites for inscription on Unesco’s World Heritage List.
Six caves in west Germany with art dating back to the Ice Age and old silver ore mines in southern Poland were among other places awarded the United Nations’ cultural agency added to its list of World Heritage sites.