The tower also went dark in May 2017, after an explosion at an Ariana Grandeconcert in Manchester, England, killed 22 people; in January 2015, to honor those who died in the attack on the satire magazine Charlie Hebdo; and in November 2015, in tribute to those who died in the terror attacks at six locations around Paris. On Easter Sunday morning in Sri Lanka, at least 207 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in a series of explosions set off by suicide bombers at three churches and four hotels. At the stroke of midnight in Paris, the Eiffel Tower went dark to honour the more than 200 people who died in the Sri Lanka bomb attacks, CNN reported.It’s a move the operators of the iconic landmark often make in tribute to causes and calamities.”Tonight, from 12:00 am, I will turn my lights off to pay tribute to the victims of the Sri Lanka attack,” a post on the tower’s Twitter account said.
John Glen, minister for arts, heritage and tourism, said: “The Lake District is one of the UK’s most stunning and ancient landscapes and I am thrilled it has been granted World Heritage Site status.”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.”This decision will undoubtedly elevate the position of the Lake District internationally, boosting tourism and benefiting local communities and businesses.” The Lake District has provided inspiration for some of the country’s best-loved writers including Beatrix Potter, William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge.It boasts sites of historical importance such as King Arthur’s Round Table and is home to England’s largest natural lake – Windermere – and highest mountain – Scafell Pike.It is the 31st place in the UK to make the list, following in the footsteps of Stonehenge, the city of Bath and Canterbury Cathedral. The Lakes, which is visited by 18 million people every year, was one of 33 sites around the world to be considered by the Unesco committee in Krakow, Poland, and was praised for its beauty, farming and the inspiration it has provided to artists and writers.The committee suggested the impact of tourism be monitored and requested improvements in conservation efforts.It was the 885 sq-mile region’s third attempt to be awarded the status and was 30 years in the making.The first nomination was as a “mixed” site of natural and cultural merits in 1986, and the second, in the cultural category, was made in the 1989. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A whitewashed farmhouse reflected in the still waters of Loughrigg Tarn in the central Lake DistrictCredit:North News & Pictures ltd The Lake District been named as a World Heritage Site, Unesco has announced.The region, famed for its stunning scenery, joins the likes of the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China and the Grand Canyon on the illustrious list and is the UK’s first national park to be given the status.Lord Clark of Windermere, who chaired the Lake District’s bid, said the decision to recognise its culture, art and literature, as well as its landscape, was “momentous”.He said: “It is this exceptional blend which makes our Lake District so spectacularly unique and we are delighted Unesco has agreed.” The cultural landscape category, which it won, was created in 1993 in direct response to the region’s previous nominations. Dawn light spills over the Lake District fells of Fleetwith Pike and Haystacks, reflected in the waters of ButtermereCredit:North News & Pictures ltd Hill Top, the former home of author Beatrix Potter, in the village of Near Sawrey in the Lake DistrictCredit:Anna Gowthorpe/PA The successful bid, managed by the Lake District National Park Partnership, was launched in 2001 as an opportunity to provide a boost in the wake of the foot and mouth outbreak.It was formally entered by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Historic England.