Dublin seems very gothic for me. Those wooden doors, metal street lanterns with decorations, black metal fences everywhere. Dublin is a whole new world for people living in Cork. To be honest, it’s like a different country, and every time I go there I find something new about it.
I wanted to start with the apartment building since this is not something we see in Cork at all. I took those pictures in the city center, buildings in the far areas of Dublin look different of course. But in the city center most of the buildings look like this: 4-6 floors, tall windows, huge (like really huge) stairs, beautiful massive doors. Some of the walls are covered in plants, it must look really nice in summer.
We took a bus tour and the driver showed some details that I didn’t notice before, like the size of the windows in most of the buildings. You can see, that windows on the first floors are really big, but they get smaller by the last floor. This is because of the “Windows tax” enforced by England, so people had to have really small windows to allow only necessary light in. Once somewhere in the countryside I saw a house with no windows at all, which was a result of this tax as well.
Here I wanted to take a picture of a very common building structure – some of the living areas are located in the basement, and the door is connected to the “main land” by a small bridge to allow at least some light in the basement rooms: