GIANT'S CAUSEWAY

From Atlas and Cyclopedia of Ireland (1900)

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Description of County Antrim | Carrick-A-Rede | Antrim Round Tower | Giant's Causeway | Glenarm Castle | Dunluce Castle | Shane's Castle | Carrickfergus Castle | Portrush | Albert Memorial, Belfast | St. Patrick's Cathedral, Belfast | Antrim Map

LORD ANTRIM'S PARLOR, GIANT'S CAUSEWAY.—The accompanying picture represents one of the apartments of the Giant's Causeway, in the County of Antrim, one of the most monumental wonders of nature. This natural cave derives its name from the story or tradition that one of the lords of Antrim once gave a feast within its gloomy and imposing walls. This great natural wonder is of basaltic formation, and comprises three divisions, the Little Causeway, the Middle Causeway, and the Great Causeway. The perpendicular pillars, which are so regularly placed as to impress the spectator with the belief that they had been fashioned by the hand and brain of some Titanic architect, number nearly forty thousand, are prismatic in form, and embrace any number of sides from three to nine; the whole area covering about three acres, yet all the clustering columns arranged and fitted:

"With skill so like, yet so surpassing art,

With such design, so just in every, part,

That reason pauses, doubtful if it stand

The work of mortal, or immortal hand."

Giant's Causeway, County Antrim

Honey comb, Giant's Causeway

Description of County Antrim | Carrick-A-Rede | Antrim Round Tower | Giant's Causeway | Glenarm Castle | Dunluce Castle | Shane's Castle | Carrickfergus Castle | Portrush | Albert Memorial, Belfast | St. Patrick's Cathedral, Belfast | Antrim Map

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