Wales: the 100 places to see before you die

Friday 12 November 2010, 10:57

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The winner of the Welsh-language Book of the Year Award 2010, Wales: The 100 Places To See Before You Die, has now been translated into English.

The places were selected by historian John Davies with photographer Marian Delyth providing the images. The book celebrates both the well-known and the lesser-known Welsh places and communities.

John Davies says that the book is "an opportunity to realise how lucky we are to live in Wales... a country that is totally diverse and boasts many achievements of man and woman."

Image of Pontypool. © Y Lolfa.

Pontypool, a town which grew from the manufacture of iron. © Marian Delyth

Image of Garn Goch © Y Lolfa.

Garn Goch. An Iron Age fort with Bronze Age origins. located the village of Bethlehem. © Marian Delyth

Image of Cysyllte. © Y Lolfa.

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Built by Tomas Telford. © Marian Delyth

Caernarfon Castle © Y Lolfa

Caernarfon Castle. Constructed as a military stronghold, a seat of government and a royal palace. © Marian Delyth

Parys Mountain © Y Lolfa.

Parys Mountain © Marian Delyth

Wales: The 100 Places To See Before You Die also includes some of Wales' most important and best-loved tourist destinations such as the National History Museum, St Fagans, the National Botanic Gardens and Portmeirion, as well as locations of national and international significance such as Merthyr Tydfil, once the industrial capital of the world, and the multi-ethnic historic and contemporary Cardiff Bay.

You can read a full list of John Davies' selection on the Welsh Icons website.

From the development of the Welsh kingdoms to the rise of a national consciousness, read Dr John Davies articles that trace the course of Welsh history.

All images kindly provided by Y Lolfa.

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