Pictured here is the grand staircase that leads to Powerscourt House from the front of Triton Lake, one of the major features of the famous gardens here in County Wicklow.
Most people touring the gardens will leave the house at the top of the grand staircase, and walk down leading to the lake. At that angle, the two winged Pegasus statues stand at side of the boathouse, and the fountain is in the center of the lake spraying water into the air.
The house itself is a beautiful Palladian mansion with two very different facades depending on what angle you approach it from. On this side, facing the gardens is the south façade, a softer design of Palladian work. Originally only two stories high, it was extended soon after completion.
The North side of the house has a more grand and traditional Palladian style, and was intended to be the hugely impressive entrance to the house. The north façade is built on the formal classical temple architecture of Greece and Rome.
For a comparison, I have a picture of the North Façade in the workshop. It looks like a totally different house, but to the left of the workshop shot, you can see one of the green domes that feature on the main image.
A castle stood on this site since the 13th century, and it was a place that many fought for possession of considering its strategic location watching over three rivers. In 1603 the lands became the property of Richard Wingfield and the modern era of Powerscourt began.
In 1730, the 1st Viscount Powerscourt commissioned Richard Cassels to build this impressive mansion. It was completed in 1741 and on completion was one of the grandest houses in Ireland. The house was designed around the castle which originally stood here.
1787 saw the addition of the third story on the south face, and further additions were added in the late 1800's.
At the time, some of the finest 18th century interiors in Ireland were to be found here. Sadly, in 1974 a fire broke out in one of the upper rooms, and within the one night the main house was became a roofless burned shell. All of the reception rooms and bedrooms of the house were lost. There are some fascinating images online of the house as a ruined shell, which is how it remained for over 20 years.
I have to admit, I would have loved to photograph the ruin too but it was a little before my interest in photography, and ability to travel here.
Restored and renovated, the house reopened to the public in 1996, though much work remains to be done on the grand interiors. This is a slow process, but work is progressing. In the meantime, visitors are welcome to visit the house, the ground floor of which contains the best of Irish design in a number of stores, a restaurant and a children's museum. Of course the highlight for any visitor to Powerscourt is the extensive gardens, known across the world for their beauty and variety.
Thanks for looking!
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pajaran (59105) 2014-01-17 10:42
Interesantan tekst o dvorcu, sa istorijom i opisom ...
Lep pogled na stepenice i stari dvorac ...
Dobar snimak i perspektiva, lepo pokazna stepenice i dvorac.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
An interesting article about the castle, with a history and description of the ...
Nice view of the stairs and the old castle ...
Good shot and perspective, nice demonstration of stairs and a castle.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best for the weekend, good luck.
Romano46 (18472) 2014-01-17 10:58
un POV eccezionale per un soggetto particolarmente interessante.
Bella la contrapposizione tra il bruno della pietra, l'azzurro del cielo e il verde dei prati.
Eccellente la composizione caratterizzata da perfetta simmetria.
Sempre ricche e interessanti le tue note.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
imageme (1790) 2014-01-17 13:03
Hi Noel, A nice perspective of this architecture. The steps give sense of depth. Wonderful light and clarity.
I like the space you gave to the FG which as the same amount given to the sky., and it makes the whole frame look unique. Thank for sharing
carlo62 (45872) 2014-01-17 13:31
una differenza enorme con la precedente foto, le architetture sono completamente diverse e l'originalità del precedente scatto si è tramutata in una perfetta simmetria.
La prospettiva delle scale è fantastica, grazie soprattutto al gioco visivo delle sfere.
Il blu e il verde sono i colori che dominano la scena e saltano all'occhio immediatamente.
emka (94484) 2014-01-17 14:17
hello Noel, What impressive stairs with these funny balls. Fine perspective and stunning sharpness. The small domes look like astronomical observatory. And colours are also marvelous. superb shot. And standing up there you must see also nice view.
WArm regrads Malgo
fabbs99 (17133) 2014-01-17 20:58
Lovely colors of the blue sky and the Stairway to Powerscourt.Very well composed photo with excellent vivid colors. TFS.
jjcordier (79297) 2014-01-17 22:52
Une présentation très complète (note et photo) de cette belle maison et de son escalier monumental.
jhm (150812) 2014-01-18 1:35
You chose a perfect angle, also very low taken, of these stairway.
The stairway leads us to a wonderful building in background, also a wonderful strong blue sky
Also a very well choice of your angle, cares for depth and perspective.
Excellent composition, lovely photo work.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
Subhogen (4067) 2014-01-18 2:16
Good low POV chosen to show this beautiful house with its entire surroundings. The sky is really blue and the grass really green and they are presenting wonderful contrasts. The stairs are meant to lead the viewer to this mansion and here it is doing a fine job of leading the viewers sight to this nice building. Well taken and well presented with a superb note as always. Thanks for sharing.
serp2000 (43594) 2014-01-18 2:23
First of all I love this colours combination of this blue sky, green grass and so grey stone of the architecture. This place reminds me Schoenbrunn in Vienna. Thanks for Workshop photo. I have read it is one of the most beautiful gardens in Ireland! Good presentation, but I was in Vienna in the winter time and I have to say this is not the same place ))
snunney (96733) 2014-01-18 5:08
The point of view is quite spectacular with the rising steps drawing us into the scene and willing us to explore further. The splendid house at the top makes a superb focal point set against the limpid blue sky. Top class technical presentation.
npecanhuk (74494) 2014-01-18 5:11
Special regards to the chosen pov, composition and colors!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your week-end,
amaryllis (36705) 2014-01-18 6:29
un cadrage et une symétrie parfaits
une perspective superbe avec ces escaliers et marches avant d'arriver au chateau, de plus tu as bénéficié d'une belle journée avec un ciel vraiment bleu
aleXundar (1256) 2014-01-18 9:36
Very nice perspective. Great composition with the stairs leading to the building. The open space in the foreground in contrast with blue sky at the top, created a very good balance as well as depth. Excellent colors and sharpness. And the wonderful note is a bonus. Thanks for sharing.
macjake (66642) 2014-01-18 11:11
you're not kidding, the WS photo is vastly different.
the building itself lacks a bit in the modern style lol
or maybe its just the dull grey stones they used that make it looking a bit...blah...lol
I'm sure though on the inside its stupendously amazing.
another piece of interesting history, always making the photo that much better.
cool post for TE.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-01-18 22:35
Hello Noel - If I only saw the north facade of this building, I would never guess that the southern approach was so grand with this imposing set of staircases. Arriving at the building from this direction would leave no visitor in doubt that they were visiting a place of high importance.The art of hard landscape design is fascinating for the way it manipulates one's senses! I like the shot but I wonder if a tweaked composition would be possible? To my eye, you have a lot of wasted space in the frame with the large featureless bed of gravel. As always a very good note! Have a great Sunday Rosemary
omid266 (6735) 2014-01-20 7:36
** Salam Noel **
Good evening ,
Very nice foto , well done friend !
Very nice captured , nice panorama , nice way for walking ,
All the Best ,
Thank you for sharing ,
*** God And his Angels may Pray and help you friend**
Regards , Omid - I.R.IR
ourania (43628) 2014-01-23 12:40
this staircase is grandiose, imposing and absolutely inviting. You have placed it in the frame superbly and its perspective is irresistible. The mansion looks small but is clear and attractive, standing at the end of the staircase and high in the frame. I like very much the colours and their graphical layout. The brightness of the grey tones is well supported and balanced by the other two, beautiful colours. Your notes are very rewarding and the workshop picture is very interesting too. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
mkamionka (35590) 2014-01-24 14:21
very original way to present Powerscourt. I like very much this place, we have lived not that far away so we had a chance to visit it several times. Here you have interestingly emphasized the staircase with the palace appearing smaller than it was by the contrast with the stairs. You had a wonderful weather over there, very well used :)
Have a great weekend,
Fis2 (95521) 2014-01-28 5:46
A beautiful building, stairs lead eyes to the castle.
Excellent POV and composition.
Super colors and sharpness.
Miguel82 (27670) 2014-02-14 14:23
Dear Noel, these remarkable stairs lead to a mansion and are located in park, good image with a powerful light, excellent hues and sharpness, useful photo comment as usual, all the best Noel, have a nice We
- Copyright: Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) (30143)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-05-26
- Categories: Castles, Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 60D
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-17 10:32