Stone walls in Ireland
• Stone walls in Ireland
Although luxuriant foliage, which can meet Ireland at every step, a green carpet layer is solid blue limestone.
Ireland is a rocky island, consisting of limestone, whose age reaches 370 million years. In those days, Ireland is only a part located between the land masses of shallow sea. But gradually the seabed had risen above sea level, and the rock eventually covered with soil.
For many years population uses limestone as a building material. These stones can meet across the country, because of them built castles, fortresses, monasteries and many other buildings. One of the most amazing buildings found in many parts of the country, are the stone walls. They arose from the fact that farmers in cleaning their areas did not want to bear away the stones and used them as guards for their territory.
There was no solution for masonry stones were used, they are just stacked on top of each other. That is why, despite the fact that the walls are low, they are not stable and require constant maintenance. But disassembled them no one is going, because they are much easier to grazing, as a kind of boom.
One of the most beautiful places with a plurality of stone walls is Aran. This three islands located at the mouth of Galway Bay on the west coast of Ireland. Residents of the largest of the islands of Inishmore for thousands of years have built the wall, as they have helped to create a wind barrier, constantly blown a thin layer of soil.