Giant’s Causeway – A Historic Landmark in Northern Ireland

Not many of us knew that if we talk about stunning and breathtaking natural views or landscapes in the world, we cannot deny that the beautiful country of Ireland offers the best to both local and foreign visitors. Of course, it also offers the most scrumptious cuisines, enjoyable annual festivals and satisfying hotels, among others.

They say that the best time of year to visit Ireland is during spring because this is when the beautiful landscapes start to reveal their greenest and freshest time to appreciate the beauty of the entire country. Definitely, there are many remarkable things to consider while staying in this country and that include visiting the County Antrim in the northern coast region.

When we talk about the most beautiful and interesting tourist destination in this county, this is the historic Giant’s Causeway or the Causeway Coast. According to the information about this destination, it composes almost 40,000 basalt columns and created a stunning pathway formation though small pieces in the beautiful coastline of the Northern Ireland. History revealed that these columns existed for almost 60 million years now.

Legends believe and revealed that a giant created this place named Fionn mac Cumhaill or Finn MacCool. This Irish giant came from the story of the ancient Gaelic Mythology wherein MacCool accepted the challenge of Benandonner Fionn (a Scottish giant) and he created the causeway in the northern part of the country.

Both giants fought with each other and the story of the legends revealed that the existing Giant’s Causeway now is only the remained of the original causeway where Benandonner escape that time. Of course, this is all part of the mythology that time to give an explanation.

Despite the beauty of the basalt column formation around the coastline, there are different ancient stories that claim about the exact reason on why the Giant’s Causeway appeared in the County Antrim. People had read both stories from a religious point of view and from a scientific explanation. Regardless of where they originate, the most important thing perhaps is that Ireland is one of the popular tourist destinations because of this natural interlocked hexagon-shaped basalt columns pathway.

For those geologists who researched and examined the place, they explained that the thousands of historic rock columns are actually formation due to a strong volcanic eruption millions of years ago. Because the basalt rocks became cold quickly that time, they develop the hexagon shapes. Due to the ending of the Ice Age era almost 15,000 years ago, the formation of the columns altered their positions when the ocean eroded in the coastline.

This is now what they recognized as the location of the Giant’s Causeway.

In 1986, the UNESCO recognized this historical auseway as one of the World Heritage Sites and in the following year, the Department of Environment for Northern Ireland named it as an important national nature reserve. The gained recognition of this stunning Ireland-based destination did not end there because in 2005, they considered it as United Kingdom’s 4th Greatest Natural Wonder.

From the published information through Wikipedia, Bishop of Derry is responsible in discovering this stunning Irish destination when he visited the place back in 1692. It became popular across the globe when Sir Richard Bulkeley (a politician and baronet in Ireland) presented an important paper to the Royal Society, which revealed the Giant’s Causeway.

Prior to gaining a worldwide recognition, King Philip of Spain ordered a Spanish Armada to attack England in 1588, but the naval force of England did not allow them to conquer the place and defeated the intruders. The Armada went back and the other ship known as the Girona hit the formation of rocks. In year 1967, they discovered the wreck of Girona on the bed of the sea almost 400 years later.

The first painting that represents this beautiful UNESCO site came in 1739 through the artwork of Susanna Drury, a famous painter from Ireland back in the 18th century.

 

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