Ireland is know for some of the most historic and beautiful building in Europe. With such creativity and beauty sometimes the little details get overlooked. Details like beautiful doors and doorways. Here are the Top 6 Most Beautiful Doors in Ireland.
The grand entrance to Trinity College off College Green dates back to the 1800s is made of a heavy oak with inner pine panels. The gate is fully opened and used for ceremonial occasions and for visiting dignitaries. In 2014 a car accidentally smashed into the door, four times in fact, in an effort to get out causing much damage in the process. A speedy restoration job has restored the gates to their former historic glory.
This beautiful door hides an eerie and sinister past. Behind these doors many a man and woman languished in uncomfortable cells and 14 freedom fighters of the 1916 rising were executed in the yard beyond. Snakes entwine with chains in the hydra motif design above the door and a lone lantern hangs below.
Bunratty Castle door
Built in 1425 Bunratty Castle is one of Ireland’s most popular tourist destinations with many a tourist partaking in medieval banquets and events as part of the castle experience. The main door at the gate is a perfect example of a medieval door and leads into the castle courtyard. Inset within the door is a smaller pedestrian entrance to save the heavy door being opened each time.
Georgian Doors Dublin
The now iconic Georgian doors of Dublin have featured on many a poster and postcard. The sometimes brightly painted doors adorn the Georgian squares of Merrion and Fitzwilliam squares, the latter once contained the longest stretch of Georgian buildings in the world, until commercial buildings broke the chain.
This door is beautiful mainly because of its age and the fact it’s still standing. Thomas Reeds in Dublin is Ireland’s oldest shop front dating back to 1670. The small blacked out doorway is a little magical piece of history amongst contemporary buildings.
The Whispering Arch
Also called The Lovers Door, this is more of an archway and is a monastic site in Offaly and one of Europe’s earliest Christian settlements. Priest and penitent would stand facing the wall, one each side of this door, and whisper to the stone. As years past, legend wrote it that lovers would whisper their true feelings to each other either side of the arch.