Pictured here is Loreto Abbey, an imposing granite castellated building which overlooks the sea in the South Dublin suburb of Dalkey.
The building is a school which was founded under the auspices of the Sisters of Loreto. the Sisters of Loreto is a member of the institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary which was founded in the 17th century. The Irish branch was founded in 1821 by Frances Teresa Ball who was a native of Dublin.
She was famed for founding another institution also known as Loreto Abbey in Rathfarnham in South Dublin, a sprawling complex of beautiful Georgian buildings which has since closed down and now lies empty.
The Loreto abbey pictured here was designed by Frances Teresa Ball herself, and first opened its doors to its students in 1843.
When it was founded, Dalkey was a small fishing village, but also acted as the port for Dublin city as the River Liffey in Dublin was not wide enough to accommodate larger ships. As a result, Dalkey was home to a number of castles and castellated homes which were used to store goods until they were transported into the city. 2 of the 7 original castles remain in the quaint town, with one of them; Goat Castle, being open to the public as a town hall and visitors centre.
Today of course, the landscape has changed and this school is now surrounded by extravagant houses owned by the wealthy. It still commands an imposing position looking out over the sea and the many large ships that now travel to the modern Dublin Port in the north inner city.
Thanks for looking.
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snunney (84887) 2013-09-22 7:17
Looks an impressive if austere looking building. I like the symmetrical composition and the depth offered by the wide expanse of lawn. Black and white suits the subject and the rather threatening sky. Interesting note as always.
Romano46 (18466) 2013-09-22 11:01
un eccellente soggetto ed un bella intuizione che ti ha fatto preferire il bianco e nero al colore dando la possibilità a questo bel soggetto di disegnare con la sua nitidezza e le belle tonalità di grigio una bella composizione.
Ciao e buon inizio di settimana
carlo62 (33793) 2013-09-22 13:06
credo che il b&w sia stata una scelta quasi obbligata dal brutto tempo, ma è stata una bella idea, mi piace che l'architettura di questa abbazia sia sottolineata dal b&w, la sequenza delle colonne e delle finestre risalta molto di più e la foto è molto piacevole.
bukitgolfb301 (36218) 2013-09-22 16:17
Hi dear Noel
Back to the tatseful and so historical castle in B&W color. Great panfocus appraoch in perfect balanced framework at all.
All the best and have a good start of a new week! TAKERO
jjcordier (76858) 2013-09-22 22:36
Intéressante version noir et blanc de cette abbaye à la belle architecture.
gojo (1769) 2013-09-23 3:04
Great composition with the clouds entering the building from above like an invader!
I also like the very soft, grey tones all over.
jhm (140054) 2013-09-23 4:52
Low taken with a dramatic sky, this cares for contrast against the castle.
Your picture is absolutely high quality, pleasant to look at.
Excellent composition, nice captured, lovely presentation
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice week,
Kugart (1778) 2013-09-23 5:27
This is a very atmospheric shot of Loreto Abbey. Your POV from the front elevation shows the complete grandeur of the building. The Loreto order established many schools all over Ireland and there is one nearby me in Coleraine which has an excellent reputation in educating children,especially in the sciences.
timecapturer (49286) 2013-09-23 5:41
like this! It works so beautifully in B&W. Glorious textures and a sky that enhances the drama and feeling of history. An impressive Abbey and wonderfully captured image. Well done!
Have a good week - Brian.
Indrasish (2871) 2013-09-23 6:57
excellent shot here.. i like the wonderful composition and superb BW image.. Excellent image quality and nice colors too.. Very well done.. And thanks for attaching an interesting note with it..
Good evening and best wishes from Kolkata, India..
Fis2 (86283) 2013-09-23 10:46
Interesting b&w photo.
Good frame andlight.
ourania (32083) 2013-09-23 11:18
a fine symmetrical composition from a well selected upward point of view that makes the fascinating school building look more imposing and enhances the dramatic and atmospheric aspect of the sky. The architectural textures and details are defined superbly, the dark gate in the middle of the frame makes a captivating focal point. Building and atmosphere are very intriguing and in my opinion this picture is very inviting too. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
Schnappilic (9690) 2013-09-23 12:01
Good presentation of this castle in B/W with a dramatic sky. Looks like we're in the Middle Ages. Congratulations!
macjake (57074) 2013-09-23 12:42
so this school is still used as a functional school today?
Looking at this, now i want my home to be Castellated!
Never even knew that was a word! haha
maybe its the monochrome, maybe is the point of view, but it surely looks haunted, or at least haunting.
I could easily imagine a movie or two being filmed here.
awesome shot and subject once again.
abmdsudi (43718) 2013-09-25 8:59
This is another excellent shot well converted to mono making the abbey stands out almost eerily from the background. I like the dark brooding almost gothic looking sky here, I feel it adds some atmosphere to the structures really well. Wise on the low view point and there's loads of detail in the stonework with great depth of field. A fine study on a summer day with the added bonus of a slice of history. Congrats. Thank you.