NS Wales It is located on the European continent, is part of the United Kingdom, and includes Scotland, England and Northern Ireland, and is bordered by England to the east, the Irish Sea to the north, and the Bristol Channel to the south, and its official languages are Welsh and Baltic. Einglish, ruled by a constitutional monarchy and Queen Elizabeth II as Queen.
Cardiff, the capital of Wales is the smallest in Europe. Declared on December 20, 1955, a century ago it was the world’s busiest coal port. Today, the former sidewalks have been converted into a complex of restaurants and visitor attractions. Museums, theaters, and shops mean year-round fun and entertainment. In addition, 330 parks and gardens place Cardiff among the greenest cities in the UK. In 2017, it hosted the UEFA Champions League Final, the largest European football tournament.
Follow below the cultural and tourist things that Wales has.
Fun facts about Wales
1 – Welsh language
The first curiosity in this matter is language. In Wales, in addition to English, the Welsh also speak the so-called Cymraeg language, which is present in the country’s culture and customs, which can be seen on all signs in the city and is part of the school curriculum.
An example is the name of the town Llanfairpwllgwngyllgogerychwyrndobwllllantysiliogoch (no, guys! I didn’t hit my head on the keyboard, nor is it a mistake on your video screen), which Llanfair PG abbreviated, is the longest-named town in the kingdom and one of the longest in the world, containing 58 literally. Translated into Portuguese, it means “the Church of Santa Maria in the valley of the white hazel tree near the swift whirlpool and the church of São Tezelio in the Red Cave”.
2- Llanfair PG: The city with the longest name in the UK
Although the name of the town of Llanfairpwllgwngyllgogerychwyrndobwllllantysiliogoch is similar to the location indicator, it is located on the island of Anglesey, northwest Wales. However, this place has not always had such a long name. According to historians, it was originally called Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll.
In the nineteenth century, in an effort to develop local trade and tourism, it was decided to change the name to what it is currently called and relatively became known due to its long name. Tourist attractions such as Anglesey Walking Holidays, Rib Ride, and Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens make up the local tourism.
The city also has a football team, the name of which also sounds strange. If you find the city’s name too long, imagine discovering that the soccer team is called Clwb Pel Droed Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch Football Club.
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3 – Castles
Wales has the highest concentration of castles per square meter in the world. There are more than 600 castles spread over an area of just over 20 thousand square kilometers. See below the most famous castles that accompanied the history of the Scandinavian country.
- Cardiff Castle: A neo-Gothic Victorian mansion based on a Normandy building built on top of a Roman fort.
- Conwy Castle: It is located on the north coast of Wales and has been designated a World Heritage Site, incorporating the site of King Edward’s Castles and Walls in Finidocia.
- Rubira Castle: The castle is currently in ruins located in Caerphilly, and has been classified as a Grade II ‘listed building’, meaning that the entire structure is protected by law under the UK listing system.
4 – The dragon as a symbol of Wales
The flag of Wales consists of a large red dragon walking in a green and white field. The animal has been associated with the state for centuries.
Among the many theories that have been lost between history and legend, the most widely accepted is that the Romans brought in the insignia during their occupation of Great Britain, but failed to gain control of Wales in their campaigns between 48 and 79 AD. The forts possessed powerful strategies to defend the guerrilla lands.
Although the flag is not recognized by the United Kingdom, the flag became official in 1959, which brings its meaning to white as a representation of the British royal Tudor family, of Welsh origin, the green refers to the leek (or shallot), the symbol of Welsh vegetables and the red dragon Symbolizes protection. Its official ratio is 3: 5. Therefore, if it is produced with a width of three meters, then its length should be five meters.
5 – Open Air Museum
The gardens of the National Museum of the History of St Fagans in Cardiff, on the grounds of St Fagans Castle, is a magnificent 400-year-old mansion with beautiful gardens. In addition to being among the best open-air museums in the world, the stories of the people of Wales go back to their colonial period: how they lived, worked and spent their spare time.
Today, it is home to more than 40 original brick-to-stone buildings from different parts of Wales. These include a row of blacksmiths’ houses, a few farmhouses, a medieval school hall and chapel and several workshops, where craftsmen such as blacksmiths and clog makers demonstrate their skills daily, and the museum grounds are home to a diverse collection of farm animals. The indoor galleries contain samples of Welsh fashion and farm tools, as well as a hands-on exhibit that shows what it means to be Welsh and live in Wales today.
The development offered several benefits, including three new galleries showcasing the history of Wales, improvements to buildings such as the Iron Age farmhouse, Bryn Eryr and the medieval Prince and Llys Llywelyn court, a renovated main entrance building, a new restaurant, playing area and learning spaces. . Gweithdy’s workshop, one of the new buildings, features Stone Age tools. In June 2019, St Fagans was awarded the UK Museum of the Year 2019 by the Art Fund, which noted “exceptional imagination, innovation and achievement” in the installation. The Art Fund is a charity that helps support museums and galleries.
There are guided tours on site, which can be arranged with your management, and good quality food, prepared on site with local and Welsh produce, is served whenever possible. You also have the option of commercial establishments serving snacks and/or meals in a Welsh environment.
By Erica Silva – Speak! Anhembi
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