The Giant’s Causeway, Homeland of Amazing Hexagonal Rock Columns
12 May 20113 Comments
Sometimes we find some places and phenomena in nature for which we cannot be immediately sure whether they are natural or built by human’s hands. The Giant’s Causeway is definitely one of such places where your imagination will start to ask yourself: Is this really a natural phenomena or maybe the deed of a man’s hands.
It is hard to believe that this wasn’t built by humans, Credits: Wikimedia
There are more than 40,000 of those magnificent perfectly shaped interlocking basalt columns which can be found at the Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, in the nearby of the town of Bushmills. Those basalt columns are believed to be the result of ancient volcanic eruption which occurred millions of years ago, bringing out those incredible rock formations. The most of them have almost perfect hexagonal shapes and the tallest column is 12 meters high.
The sunset at the Giant’s Causeway, Credits: Wikimedia
This place is often referred as one of the greatest natural wonders of Great Britain and it is considered as one of the most popular touristic attractions in Northern Ireland. It is only 3 kilometers away from the town of Bushmills and there are also two another town in its nearby: Ballycastle and Coleraine. If you come here from Belfast, you will have to travel some 95 kilometers to the south before you reach the magnificent Giant’s Causeway.
Tourists are walking over hexagonal stone columns at the Giant’s Causeway, Credits: Snarkhunter
There is a legend related to this place which tells that it was built by famous Irish warrior Fin McCool.
This place has been listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites in 1986 and this place became popular after the Giant’s Causeway Tramway was opened in 1883.
Almost perfect hexagonal shapes of the stone columns, Credits: Flickr
The Giant’s Causeway had its own visitor’s center but it has been mysteriously burned down ten years ago. In March 2010 The Northern Ireland Tourist Board has provided a £9.25m grant for building a new visitor’s center which should be completed in 2012.