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Exploring Georgian Dublin

Explorer Beastie In a Typical Georgian-Style Street - CrawCrafts BeastiesHello there, Beastiebuddies, and happy Friday!

Today, Explorer Beastie and I want to take you to another part of Dublin you may not have seen before. Come and join us as we wander down the side of Merrion Square, and head towards the Grand Canal!

Around here, you can see some great examples of Georgian townhouses – a style of architecture which still dominates large areas of Dublin’s city centre, both north and south of the river. The first “Georgian-style” buildings date back to the 1720s, when many of Dublin’s narrow mediaeval streets were widened, and a property boom encouraged developers to build new houses on what were then the very edges of the city. It’s strange to think that what I consider to be the heart of Dublin was once almost the countryside!

Unlike modern-day developers, the Georgian builders were given pretty strict guidelines about how their houses should look. So in these areas, you can expect to see big, often brightly-coloured front doors, with a semi-circular “fanlight” window over them…
Georgian Doors in Dublin - CrawCrafts BeastiesThere are usually steps to raise them up above street level, and they tend to be tall (by Irish standards) with a basement underneath. To pick up extra Georgian status points, add an imposing door knocker…
Knock Knock - CrawCrafts Beasties… Or an elaborate iron boot scraper!
Clean those paws, Explorer Beastie! CrawCrafts BeastiesAnd of course there’s a prize if you spot a house with a famous former resident!
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Daniel O'Connell's House on Merrion Square - CrawCrafts BeastiesYou can also find out more about what life was like inside these houses a little further down the street, at Number Twenty Nine – a faithfully restored Georgian-style house, which is open to visitors all year round. We didn’t go inside this time, but we’ve been before and it’s definitely worth a look!

Explorer Beastie at the Georgian House Museum - CrawCrafts BeastiesFurther down Mount Street, we stopped for a quick game of hide and seek…
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…And then carried on to find one of Dublin’s lesser-known landmarks – St Stephen’s Church, affectionately known to Dubliners as “The Pepper Canister”!
The Pepper Canister Church - CrawCrafts BeastiesBuilding work began on the church in 1821, as more people starting moving to this part of the city. It’s a perfect spot to stop for some photos…
Pepper Canister Church - CrawCrafts Beasties… Before heading back home!
All Explored Out! CrawCrafts BeastiesI wonder where Explorer Beastie will pop up next? Tune in next week to find out!