Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerych...

There's a town in the isle of Anglesey (North Wales) whose size is inversely proportional to the length of its name:
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
This town, usually known as Llanfair PG or Llanfairpwll, has the longest name place in Europe, and is the second longest name in the world, following the isle of Taumata in New Zeland.

Depite this being a rather small town, its index of population is one of the five highest in the island (According to the census of 2001, over 3,000 people) and more than the 76% of them, are fluent in Welsh. 

The peculiarity of this little town's long name has caught the attention of many tourists and curious over the years, who come to visit it and can't leave without taking a picture near a sign with the name on it, usually the one at the train station, the first one they encounter.

The translation of the name from Welsh, is as it follows:
Llanfair - pwll - gwyngyll - goger - y chwyrndrobwll - llantysilio - [a]g og ogoch

[St] Mary's church - [in] the hollow - of the white hazel - near - to the rapid whirlpool - [and] the church of Llantysilio - of the red cave
Learning how to pronounce it can be very hard. Here is a musical video that makes it a little bit easier:



Weblography:
+ Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerych... The longest URL on the Web!
+ Wikipedia "Llanfairpwllgwyngyll"

1 comment:

Patricia Bou said...

Thank you, Tomás, how interesting! It's a really long name!