THE bid to put a Wearside church on the international tourist map has cleared the first hurdle.
St Peter’s church at Monkwearmouth, together with its twin site of St Paul’s at Jarrow, applied to become a Unesco World Heritage Site in January.
Officials at Unesco have now carried out an initial technical check on the bid, and passed it to go ahead to the next stage.
The Bishop of Jarrow, the Right Reverend Mark Bryant, who chairs the Wearmouth-Jarrow Partnership, welcomed the news.
He said: “The importance of Wearmouth-Jarrow cannot be underestimated.
“In its day it was an internationally renowned centre for learning and creativity.”
The initial check on the bid was to confirm all required documentation was present and correct.
The bid will now proceed as one of 45 world-wide nominations to the World Heritage Committee in the summer of 2012.