Belfast is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, with its brick-walled houses, romantic climate and abundance of history. It attracts millions of tourist annually and is one of the places from which the famous Giant’s Causeway and Moher’s Cliff is visited. However, there are so many interesting things about Belfast that very few people know! Here are some of the interesting things I discovered when I visited Belfast.
- Northern Ireland, along with England, Scotland and Wales make up the “United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.”
- Belfast has been under human occupation since the Bronze Age.
- Belfast also has a 5,000-year-old henge (Giant’s Ring), which is still present.
- Belfast has world’s largest shipyard and dry dock. The Titanic was built here.
- The British parliament partitioned Northern and Southern Ireland in 1921, creating Northern Ireland. Unionists/loyalists (primarily Protestants) wanted Northern Ireland to stay in the United Kingdom, while Irish nationalists/republicans (mostly Catholics) want to leave the UK and join a united Ireland. You can learn all about the bloody history of this clash when you take the ‘Black Cab’ Tour.
- Belfast’s Albert Clock tower is sinking and presently leans by over four feet.
- Belfast’s famous cranes are world’s biggest free-standing cranes and called Samson and Goliath
- Belfast has a wall similar to the erstwhile ‘Berlin Wall’. This Wall is called the ‘Peace Wall’ and is a series of ‘separation barriers’ that separate predominantly Republican and Nationalist Catholic neighbourhoods from predominantly Loyalist and Unionist Protestant neighbourhoods. There are several areas in the ‘Peace Wall’ where messages can be left.
- Belfast has a micro-climate which supports horticulture, and therefore, Belfast is proud owner of over 3,000 acres of parks.
- Women could hold any office at Queen’s University in Belfast, twelve years before they could study at Oxford.
- Cavehill is a mountain overlooking the city of Belfast, and is thought to be the inspiration for Jonathan Swift’s sleeping giant in his novel ‘Gulliver’s Travels’.
- C.S Lewis was born here, and the nearby countryside helped inspire The Chronicles of Narnia.
So, how many of this things you knew about Belfast? Isn’t it interesting. I was most stunned by the ‘Peace Wall’ actually… I didn’t know that in the present political and social climate a wall like that exists…
Will catch-up with you again with such interesting informations and lists! Take Care!