Photographer's Note

There are not too many high buildings in Dublin, so the seventh floor of the Guinness Storehouse ensures an incredible, although a bit distant, view over entire city centre. I have already uploaded a photo with the whole panorama of Dublin (SEE HERE). In this photo I show you a fragment of it which seems to contain a lot of important elements and can give you some orientation about what to expect in Dublin. Remember that whatever seems so close in this photo may be actually far away as the tele lens has squeezed the perspective.

The largest tower in the left belongs to the St John the Baptist and St Augustine church. There is not much space left from it but you can spot there just above the green roof a triangle with three statues –it is part of St Audoen church which is taken over by a Polish community in Dublin. If you go a bit further up along the left edge of the frame you may spot several diagonal lines which are part of a huge tilted cylinder made of glass: it is the modern building of the Dublin Convention Centre. If you now go to the very end of the right side you will see several yellow cranes on the horizon. They are already in Dublin Port which is at the very east end of the town (we are standing west from the city centre looking east). Further behind the cranes you can spot the Irish Sea and the horizon line. There are ferries connecting Dublin for example with Liverpool, the closest destination across the Irish Sea is probably Holyhead in Wales. The highest structure in the right is some sort of antenna. I have no idea what it is. But just touching it behind you see a gray spire of the St Andrew church which is in the very centre of the old town and which is not a church anymore but it hosts now the main Tourist Information centre in Dublin. If it sounds surprising to you I can tell you that there is another church in the city centre which was converted into an elegant restaurant “The Church” (not visible in this photo). A bit to the left and down from the antenna you can spot a cute charming little tower with a green little dome. This is a tower of Dublin Castle. This particular tower belongs to a part which is more a palace than an actual castle. There is not much left from the old castle. One out of four towers remained –not visible in this photo though. In the very centre of the photo you can spot two similarly shaped gray towers. The higher one is the Christ Church Cathedral, one of the two most important churches in Dublin. The second tower is currently a museum with an exposition on the Viking times in Dublin: Dublinia. Far in the distance in the centre of the image, surely more than one hour walk from the towers you can spot a large white wheel. It was constructed pretty recently in Dublin and it is actually so far away from the city centre that not much is visible when you are riding it. It is closer to the port. Almost touching the wheel at its bottom left side is a gray building with a tiny blue inscription. It says “the O2” and it is a wonderful modern concert hall. I have listened there to Britney Spears, Pink, Elton John and Bryan Adams. Very very far in the distance at the upper right side of the wheel you can see a tiny white tower. It is a lighthouse which is really far away from city centre on a peninsula in the part of the town called Howth. What else? You can find here a fragment of the new harp-shaped bridge over river Liffey. It is a white diagonal line going from St Augustine church tower down right in direction of Christ Church Cathedral. Now if you want to see more please check the other photo linked above.

I was extremely lucky to have such a good weather at this POV but I still regret that the visibility was not a bit better. There is some fog visible on the horizon. Still it was probably one of just few good weather days this year. The sky was clear but, as it is often the case in Ireland, there was also a terribly strong cold wind.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7276 W: 106 N: 19163] (73440)
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