Friday 19 December 2014

Giant's Causeway makes top 50 list of must-see world wonders

Published 27/03/2014 | 15:13

A woman poses for a picture on the rocks at the Giant's Causeway situated on the north coast of Northern Ireland. Photo: Reuters/Cathal McNaughton

A new book by Lonely Planet reveals the top 50 must-see world wonders with the Giant's Causeway featuring high on the list.

The landmark, a famous collection of interlocking rock formations, is already considered a World Heritage Centre by the United Nations' cultural agency.

'World’s Great Wonders' brings together the most amazing manmade structures and natural creations from across the globe.

From the formation of the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia to the painstaking creation of the Terracotta Army, the book dedicates at least four pages to each site’s fascinating facts, stunning photography and detailed illustrations which give the reader an insight into its creation.

Jheni Osman, the author of The World’s Great Wonders said the book goes the extra step and reveals the science and engineering behind manmade structures or natural wonders.

On the Giant’s Causeway, the book says: Legend claims this rocky peninsula is the handiwork of an angry giant, but the real story behind the striking basalt columns is even more extraordinary

It includes other wonders like the Taj Mahal, India; the Terracotta Army, China; the Great Wall of China, China; Hagia Sophia, Turkey; and Potala Palace, Tibet.

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