Giant's Causeway

Mar 22, 2010

This beautiful places was declared as one of the World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986, Giant's Causeway is area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. This is one of beautiful places in United Kingdom, located on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland, County Antrim.

The tops of the columns disappear under the sea, its form stepping stones that lead from the cliff foot. Most of the columns are hexagonal, although there are also some with four, five, seven and eight sides. The tallest are about 12 meters (36 ft) high, and the solidified lava in the cliffs is 28 meters thick in places.
The Giant's Causeway is today owned and managed by the National Trust and it is the most popular tourist attraction in Northern Ireland.

The site first became popular with tourists during the nineteenth century, particularly after the opening of the Giant's Causeway Tramway, and only after the National Trust took over its care in the 1960s were some of the vestiges of commercialism removed. Visitors can walk over the basalt columns which are at the edge of the sea, a half mile walk from the entrance to the site.

On the more cynical side, man of letters Samuel Johnson said, when asked about the Causeway, "Worth seeing, yes; but not worth going to see."


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