Last February, the British government named the Abbey Road Studios in North London a site of national importance. Now it’s done the same for the crosswalk in front of the building, probably the world’s most recognized pedestrian crossing.
Since 1969, when the the Beatles released their “Abbey Road” album, fans have flocked to street to pose for photos imitating the cover, which shows John, Paul, George, and Ringo strolling over tyhe crosswalk.
“This London zebra crossing is no castle or cathedral but, thanks to the Beatles and a 10-minute photoshoot one August morning in 1969, it has just as strong a claim as any to be seen as part of our heritage,” according to Britain’s Tourism and Heritage Minister, John Penrose. His designation means the crosswalk is an important monument and can be altered only with the approval of local authorities.
It’s the first time a zebra crossing has received such an honor.