Great Vistas of Dublin
January 10, 2006 at 11:00 pm #708353J. SeerskiParticipant
Driving towards the Phoenix Park on the NCR last Saturday I was struck with something I never saw before – that the Wellington Monument was perfectly centred as the terminating vista on the Park end of the NCR. Any other day I drove here the trees always obscured the view, but with the leaves missing you can now make out the monument and it clearly was a deliberate vanishing point for the NCR – hardly a complete fluke?!
Such thoughtful planning is generally absent from urban design nowadays.
If there was a roll-call of Dublin’s great vistas, what would that be?
St Georges Church – surely one of the great ones.
Belevedere House peering down Nth Great Georges Street.
St Stephens ‘Pepper Cannister’ Church, Mount St.
Leinster House from Molesworth Street
Nelsons Pillar was one great set-peice – how does the Spire compare?
Are the many more architectural set-peices? They rank as a theatrical display in an otherwise muted city.
January 10, 2006 at 11:18 pm #765066DevinParticipant
@J. Seerski wrote:
… with the leaves missing you can now make out the monument and it clearly was a deliberate vanishing point for the NCR – hardly a complete fluke?!
Yeah it definitely was a planned vista. Looks great from there, doesn’t it? The Wellington Monument is not generally a graceful monument, but that NCR vista is I think is one place from where it looks really good.
Another few to add to the list would be:
The Presbyterian Church at the top of Earlsfort Terrace.
City Hall at the top of Parliament Street.
The Law Society building on the end of Blackhall Place.
January 11, 2006 at 1:49 am #765067
The Rotun…oh wait 😡
Isn’t it just infuriating? Don’t you just wish you could drag the whole inner city north of Parnell St like a giant rug 100 metres eastwards? Can’t be that difficult in this day and age surely…
January 11, 2006 at 1:54 am #765068antoParticipant
Trinity College up (or is it down?) Dame Street. I they ever cut down those trees of course!
January 11, 2006 at 2:46 am #765069Bren88Participant
I think this thread would be far better if it contained pictures of some of the mentioned Vistas. To give a comparisment between them.
If it’s possible.
January 12, 2006 at 1:03 am #765070murphaphParticipant
The huge neon Guinness sign atop their tall white building as you travel citybound along chesterfield avenue at dusk-wonderful sight all lit up in red! Ah, thank you google-here’s the sign during daylight hours…
January 12, 2006 at 1:54 pm #765071AnonymousInactive
i always thought that a great vista (or-anti vista) was standing near the top of Patrick St. looking north below the bridge of Christchurch to fishamble street as it falls away revealing not another streetscape but nothing only grey sky.
January 12, 2006 at 2:58 pm #765072Rory WParticipant
City Hall From Capel St – probably the finest vista of them all
January 12, 2006 at 4:16 pm #765073kefuParticipant
The entire sweep of the city centre from the hill beside the Magazine Fort in the Phoenix Park is for my money the best view in Dublin. Also, Christchurch from the Quays always looks well, particularly past the subtle arch of the City Council offices.
January 12, 2006 at 7:39 pm #765074
looking north below the bridge of Christchurch to fishamble street as it falls away revealing not another streetscape but nothing only grey sky.
Ah yes – what was the ‘end of the world bridge’ in our house in younger days 😮
The view of the north inner city from beside Findlater’s Church at the top of Parnell Square, esp you emerge from dingy Nth Frederick St.
On the radio today the question was being asked: what is the longest street in Dublin?
January 12, 2006 at 7:49 pm #765075ctesiphonParticipant
Curious to know what the critreia would be for the longest street. Must it have ‘street’ in the name? Must it be DCC or even just within the canals?
South Circular Road must be far longer than Pearse, and probably NCR too.
(Trying to answer this without resorting to a map.)
January 12, 2006 at 7:57 pm #765076
Exactly – in the radio’s context it seemed to be the city centre they were referring to, which probably means even closer in than the canals – within the two Circular Rds as most people would probably perceive it….
January 12, 2006 at 8:06 pm #765077ctesiphonParticipant
Next question- are we allowed to combine Uppers and Lowers if they’re contiguous?;) I was thinking Baggot and Leeson, but they’re both cut by the canal…
January 12, 2006 at 11:32 pm #765078Bren88Participant
I say that uppers and lowers are not allowed to be added together. Gets too complicated when strrets are cut by larger and larger things. Parnell street is fairly long, And probably a good contender for Pearse.
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