I have a confession to make — I’m addicted to taking pictures of beautiful doorways. Ask my boyfriend, who has followed me around various cities on the hunt for the prettiest door or arch, and he will tell you that I have an obsession with finding the perfect door shot. Thankfully, Dublin with it’s endless cozy cafes and beautiful architecture has something for everyone, even the door obsessed. Rather than convince you with words, I figured I would share my favorite photos of the Dublin doors.
Dublin has so many doors to discover that you could spend hours wandering the city looking for them. The Georgian achritects were under strict orders to keep all houses uniform so the popular theory is that people started painting their doors bright colors in order to express their individuality.
My cab diver had a much funnier story. He said that since the houses looked so much alike, men of the old days were having a heard time finding their houses on the way home from the pubs late at night. In particular, there was a pair of neighbors that had this issue. One would always mistake his neighbors house for his when drunkenly returning home. The neighbor painted his door green to help differentiate them. The drunken neighbor then painted his door red in retaliation and the whole neighborhood followed suit. Pick whichever theory you like best. 😜
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The Georgian architecture itself is stunning and the history behind it is fascinating. During Georgian times these colorful doors would have all been black. Now you can find almost any color of the rainbow if you walk far enough. Some of my favorite doors have beautiful door knockers or ornate carvings.
Where to see the Dublin Doors:
The Dublin doors are all around the city but can be found in abundance in the south side. Some of the best places to see the doors are:
Merrion Square- This square is located near St. Stephen’s Green and is the perfect place to explore Dublin’s doors in between exploring the neighboring National Museums of Ireland.
Lower Baggot Street- This street is located just a few steps from Merrion Square and has many beautiful doors along either side.
Fitzwilliam Square- This was one of the last Georgian Squares built in Dublin. Many of the buildings are covered in ivy, making for a beautiful photo opp.
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Once you’ve had your fill of doors, Dublin has many other amazing things to offer! Lonely Planet has even named the city one of the top destinations for 2016.
If you are planning a trip to the city, be sure to check out our itinerary for the top attractions in Dublin!
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