Beatles' Abbey Road Crosswalk Given Historic Status

A zebra-striped London crosswalk made famous on the cover of the Beatles album "Abbey Road" has been listed as an official British heritage site. The crossing is of "cultural and historical importance," officials say.

British Minister for Tourism & Heritage John Penrose made the announcement, saying the listing of the crosswalk was testimony to the Beatles' international fame.

"This London zebra crossing is no castle or cathedral but, thanks to the Beatles and a 10 minute photo-shoot one August morning in 1969, it has just as strong a claim as any to be seen as part of our heritage," Penrose said.

Thousands of visitors come to North London to see the crosswalk each year, most trying to mimic the album cover where the Beatles walk across the street.

Roger Bowdler, head of designation at English Heritage, said there is no question the crosswalk is historically important and "the temptation to recreate that iconic 1969 album cover remains as strong as ever."

Paul McCartney said the listing of the crosswalk as a heritage site is "icing on the cake" of a great year – which also saw the Beatles' entire catalog appearing on iTunes for the first time.

The Abbey Road studios were also designated a heritage site earlier this year.

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