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Game of Thrones Dark Hedges voted one of world’s most beautiful places

Декабрь 7, 2016     Автор: Ольга Хмельная
Game of Thrones Dark Hedges voted one of world’s most beautiful places


The famous Dark Hedges in Co Antrim have just been voted one of the most beautiful places in the world.

The prestigious Architectural Digest magazine, which is published in America, has placed the Hedges at number seven in its Top 10 of the most beautiful streets on the planet — ahead of the Champs-Elysees in Paris.
Architectural Digest's 10 most beautiful streets:

The Caminito in Buenos Aires’s La Boca district in Argentin
Lombard Street with its hairpin bends in San Francisco
The streets of Chefchaouen, Morocco
The vine covered streets of Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
The streets in 1,000-year-old town of Lijiang, China
Cherry Blossom Avenue in Bonn, Germany
The Dark Hedges in Co Antrim
The Champs-Elysees, Paris (left)
The Brouwersgracht, Amsterdam
The streets of Agueda in Portugal

Last year the Hedges, on the Bregagh Road near Ballymoney, were included in a list of the 12 best road trips in the UK and Ireland by continentalroadtrip.com.
The iconic avenue of Beech trees, a major tourist attraction for Game of Thrones fans, was also chosen as one of the world's 'enchanting' spots by Culture Trip, which calls itself the biggest culture website in the world.

In the citation, Culture Trip said the Dark Hedges were scenic and atmospheric, but advised the "easily spooked" to give the Bregagh Road a wide berth "because legend has it that it is home to an otherworldly resident, a spectral grey lady said to glide between the trees at dusk".

The stunning tunnel of trees along the Bregagh Road was planted in the 18th century by the Stuart family, owners of the Georgian mansion, Gracehill House.
It was designed to impress the Stuarts' visitors as they approached their estate.

The Dark Hedges, which have long been one of the most photographed attractions in Northern Ireland, were propelled to even greater fame by HBO's cult television series, Game of Thrones.

The trees represented the King's Road in the first episode of the second season of Thrones, as Arya Stark, who had escaped from King's Landing disguised as a boy, travelled through the Hedges with other characters to join the Night's Watch.