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TOP VIEWS IN IRELAND
Dublin, and in general Ireland, does not have many high buildings. The few which are there, are usually private and do not offer the possibility to visit their roofs. I have already presented here two pictures taken from the top of the Guinness Storehouse. Sadly this visitor centre is located rather far away from any sights. Similarly the Dublin Wheel is too far to see anything of interest. Recently I have visited Dublinia museum and went to the tower to see the view. Sadly the windows were so dirty that there was no chance for a decent shot. Some time ago already I have discovered the upper floor of this parking in Dun Laoghaire.

LOCATION
Dun Laoghaire [dʌnˈlɪəri] is a small coastal town located about 12 kilometres south from Dublin City Centre.

ABOUT THE CHURCH
Mariners' Church designed by Joseph Welland, was opened in 1837. It has formerly served the British Navy and now it houses the National Maritime Museum. The building was recently restored.

ALTERNATIVE USE OF FORMER CHURCH BUILDINGS
There are several churches in Dublin which serve alternative purposes. The most notable example is former St. Andrew which now houses the main office of Tourist Information Centre, or former St. Mary which is now a restaurant (The Church). Irish churches as opposed to pubs are indeed becoming emptier. One of the reasons for that may be Catholic sexual abuse scandal, however the converted churches were usually Protestant (Church of Ireland).

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