I am in love with the history and beauty of Europe. Come join me in my Around the World, this week with a look at Wales Trivia.
Wales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It’s east and the Atlantic Ocean and the Irish Sea is to the west.
1. The capital city of Wales is Cardiff and it’s the largest city in Wales.
Cardiff Castle is a medieval castle and Victorian Gothic revival mansion located in the city centre of Cardiff. The original motte and bailey castle was built in the late 11th century by Norman invaders on top of a 3rd-century Roman fort.
2. Wrexham is the largest town in the north of Wales.
St. Giles is the Parish Church of Wrexham and is considered to be the greatest medieval church in Wales. It is considered to be the third Church on the site with the original being built in the 11th Century. The main part of St Giles was built between the end of the 15th and early part of the 16th Century.
3. Snowdonia is a region in north Wales and a national park of 823 square miles in area. It was the first to be designated of the three National Parks in Wales, in 1951. Snowdonia is the highest mountain in Wales at 3,560 ft. and means Highlands.
4. Tenby, which means little town of the fishes or little fortress of the fish. This 13th-century medieval town is a walled seaside town in Pembrokeshire, South West Wales. There are 2.5 miles of sandy beaches.
5. Beaumaris Castle was started in 1295. It was the last and largest of the castles to be built by King Edward I in Wales. It is possibly the most sophisticated example of medieval military architecture in Britain and consider one of “the finest examples of late 13th century military architecture in Europe”.
6. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyll-llantysiliogogogoch is the name of a town in North Wales which translates as “The church of St. Mary in the hollow of white hazel trees near the rapid whirlpool by St. Tysilio’s of the red cave”. It is believed to be the longest place name in the world.
7. Pistyll Rhaeadr is a waterfall, located a few miles from the village of Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant in Powys. It’s meaning is “spring of the waterfall”.
8. Wales is believed to have more castles per square mile than anywhere else in the world.
North Wales, a view from Harlech Castle, looking back toward England over Snowdonia National Park. Photo by Anyonita Nibbles
(Conwy Castle) Photo by Anyonita Nibbles
9. The population sheep in Wales is four times greater than the Welsh population of humans.
10. The Millenium Stadium in Cardiff has the largest retractable roof of any sports arena in the World.
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