As promised, here are some photos from my recent trip to Dublin. I’ll probably break this up over a few posts.
Let’s start with a few churches:
Christ Church Cathedral, which was located directly across the street from our hotel
Arch/bridge leading from Christ Church Cathedral to a neighbouring building
St. Patrick's Cathedral, where Jonathan Swift was dean
Tower of the medieval St. Audeon Church, now a museum
The "new" St. Audeon Church. This one is still in use and serves the Polish immigrant community.
Entrance to "The Church", a restaurant/pub housed in a former church
Considering that Ireland is usually viewed as an extremely religious and extremely Catholic country, I was stunned how many of the churches we saw were either no longer in use or were still in use, but apparently mainly served as museums complete with (rather steep) entrance fees. Now I always drop some money into the collection box, when visiting a historic church, but formal entrance fees are very unusual for churches. Another big surprise was that the two big cathedrals were both Protestant, in a country that’s eighty to ninety percent Catholic (that’s probably why they charged entrance fees, because they have hardly any worshippers).
And now some more architecture:
The gorgeous Georgian custom house, located on the banks of the river Liffey
More Georgian gorgeousness at Dublin Castle
Arch at Dublin Castle
Futuristic buildings, including the inevitable ferris wheel, in the Dublin docklands. What is it with ferris wheels in the British Isles anyway?
Lovely Neogothic Brick Building
This building on the banks of the river Liffey has lovely ceramic ornaments.
A beautiful streetlamp and a bank or building society in the background
An Art Deco theatre, which now houses some kind of 3D thrill experience, and the statue of a monk
And now some interiors:
A beautiful Steampunky clock inside St. Stephen's Green shopping centre. The centre itself was crammed full of kioscs and rather forgettable, but the roof construction is stunning.
Interior of "The Bank", a Victorian bank transformed into a pub
The Bank, again
That’s it for today. More photos to come tomorrow.