A village in Wales, United Kingdom, has become popular overnight. It happened when weatherman Liam Dutton had the daunting task of reporting the weather in Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. His perfect pronunciation of the longest town name in Europe has made his report go viral. Even Welsh-born actor Catherine Zeta-Jones has congratulated Dutton.
The name goes back to 1860s when it was introduced as a publicity stunt by giving its railway station the longest name in the UK. Here are some other interesting facts and images of the cool town. It may just make you want to visit this place, just make sure you practice the name before you go.
The village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch has a population of 3,107.
The translation of the name is: St Mary's Church in the hollow of the white hazel near the rapid whirlpool of Llantysilio of the red cave.
St Mary's Church, the first part of the name.
The town is also known as Llanfairpwll or Llanfair PG.
The name came as a publicity stunt in the 1860s when the municipality wanted to have the longest name in the UK. Turns out, it's the longest town name in Europe!
The Welsh village dates back to 4000–2000 BC.
The town is in the island of Anglesey.
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Aussie actor Naomi Watts lived in this town as a child with her grandfather. Earlier this year, she pronounced the name perfectly while a guest at the Jimmy Kimmel Live show.
The Anglesey Sea Zoo is the largest aquarium in Wales. There are over 150 native species people can visit.
The quiet island receives tourists mostly attracted by the name. The tourist center employee is asked to say the name about 30 times a day.
Can you pronounce the name?