Thursday, 6 August 2009

The Capital

When I return home to Ireland I always find myself drawn to Dublin and then to the GPO (General Post Office) on O'Connell's Street in the heart of the city. It holds a particular fascination for me. I can happily sit and watch the world go by there for hours.
D200, Tamron 17 - 50 f2.8

Designed by Architect Francis Johnston and completed in 1814 it stands as one of the most iconic and famous of Ireland's building. It played a pivotal role in the Easter Rising of 1916 and it was here that the Proclamation of Independence was read. The great columns that support the portico are still pock marked with the bullet holes of freedom.

The statues seen here from left to right are Fidelity, Hibernia and Mercury with the Irish Flag just behind. The portico is of Portland stone and the rest of the building is of granite. The GPO stands as one of the greatest Georgian buildings of all time. the steel spire to the right is another thing altogether...

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