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It is a National Park in the Picos de Europa mountain range, in northern Spain. It is within the boundaries of three autonomous communities, Asturias, Cantabria and Castile and León, which are represented on the body which runs the park. It was the first of the National Parks of Spain along with Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park in the Pyrenees. When it was created 22 July 1918 it covered the western part of today's national park, centered on the Lakes of Covadonga. On July 9, 2003 UNESCO approved Biosphere Reserve status for the National Park. The geological features of the park show the effects of glacial erosion on the limestone massifs that form the Cantabrian Mountains.