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Cliffs of Moher

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HISTORY

They are located in the parish of Liscannor, at the southwestern point of the Burren area, near Doolin, located in County Clare, Ireland. The name derives from an ancient fort called "Mothar", destroyed during the wars against Napoleon to build a lighthouse. The cliffs stretch 8 km along the Atlantic Ocean and reach their maximum height of 214 meters north of O'Brien's Tower. The view from the cliffs attracts close to a million visitors a year.

WHY THIS PLACE

O'Brien's Tower is a round stone tower that stands approximately at the midpoint of the cliffs. It was built around 1835 by Sir Cornelius O'Brien, a descendant of Irish King Brian Boru, to serve as a lookout point for Victorian tourists or, according to legend, to impress female visitors. From the top of the lookout, you can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, the Maum Turk Mountains, the Twelve Pins to the north in Connemara, and Loop Head to the south.

CURIOSITIES

The Cliffs are an important nesting point for seabirds in Ireland and are included in an environmental Special Protection Area.

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