Tuesday 12 December 2017

The view you really must see before you die

Crowns mine cornwall
Crowns mine cornwall

Gemma O'Doherty

The Cliffs of Moher, Glendalough, the Giant's Causeway -- we like to think they're on every American's must-see list, but a new poll on the world's ultimate destinations by broadcaster CNN doesn't even give Ireland a look-in.

Nevertheless, an old Cornish tin mine is worthy of the title.

It's just one of the more obscure locations named by the broadcaster as the 27 must-see places before you die.

Perched on the cliff edge near St Agnes, the mines have been chosen alongside the likes of the Northern Lights, Sydney Harbour and the Taj Mahal.

The ruins of the structures which once housed them are a "dramatic counterpoint" to Cornwall's coastline, according to the list.

Visitors can walk heritage trails, go underground to see how the miners laboured, pan for minerals and gems or cycle the 31km Cornwall Mineral Tramway trail.

CNN said: "The tin mines may be closed, but the ruins of the structures which once housed them near St Just make a thrillingly dramatic counterpoint to the rugged rocks and wild seas of Cornwall's north coast."

The mines are among three places in Britain which made the list, just scraping in at number 27.

Witnessing a starling murmuration at Brighton Pier made number two in the list, while the Lake District made it to number 24.

Topping the list is Borobudur at sunrise in Java, Indonesia, with the Brighton starlings close behind.

Third is the Northern Lights in Scandinavia, followed by the great migration in East Africa.

The fifth and six spots are filled by the star-filled sky in New Zealand and the Torres del Paine in Chile.

Morocco's Djemaa el Fna is in seventh place, and California's Yosemite peaks take the number-eight must-see place.

Number nine is Santa Maria della Salute in Venice, the jungle pyramids in Mexico are number 10, and at 11 is electrical storms in Tornado Alley, USA.

Sydney Harbour comes in at 12, with the inside of Thrihnukagigur volcano in Iceland at 13.

Number 14 is Monument Valley in the US and 15 is India's Taj Mahal.

The Kasanka bat migration in Zambia, Carlsbad Cavern in America, lunar rainbow at Zambia's Victoria Falls and Shubenacadie tidal bore in Canada take the 16, 17, 18 and 19 spots.

Cape Tribulation in Australia, the rock-face city of Petra in Jordan, Enrosadira in Italy's Dolomite and the fairy chimneys in Turkey take up the spots from 20 to 23.

England's Lake District is at 24, with the sardine run in South Africa at 25.

The last two spaces are filled by the pristine beaches of Islas Cies in Spain and, finally, Cornwall's ruined mines at 27.

CNN said: "There are some things you can see around the world that have the potential to give you photo-showing rights for decades.

"We haven't got them all -- in fact we barely scratched the surface. But we have picked out a few of the scenes that, if you're lucky enough to witness them, will invariably leave you spellbound."

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