Tourist Attraction in Princetown: The Twelve Apostles
The Twelve Apostles are a series of limestone cliffs off the Australian coast of Port Campbell National Park, served by the Great Ocean Road, south of the state of Victoria. Their proximity to each other has made the site a popular tourist attraction. The genesis of the Twelve Apostles began between 10 and 20 million years ago, when they were still part of the rocky coast. The detachment took place due to the slow erosion brought about by the adverse conditions and the waves of the Southern Ocean. First caves were formed, then arches that yielded gave rise to these faraglioni almost fifty meters high. Over the years several Apostles have succumbed to the forces of the winds of erosion: the latter continues to sculpt the bases of the Faraglioni with a speed of two centimeters a year. Until July 3, 2005, the stacks were nine, but suddenly a monolith collapsed in the ocean in less than a minute, under the eyes of the tourists who were taking photos. Today the Apostles are eight, although there are different rock formations under the water's surface. Although the number of monoliths is always changing, the nickname of The Twelve Apostles has been adopted for purely tourist purposes. Until 1922 they were called the Sow and Piglets, that is, the sow and the pigs.