Pictured here is the interior of the dome that sits over the main body of the church of the Immaculate Conception. The church is situated with entrances from Cook Street and Merchants Quay in the city's south center.
The church is also known as the Church of Adam and Eve.
It is connected to the Franciscan friary of Merchants Quay whose history dates back to 1231. Back then the religious community saw much turmoil and in 1348, 23 members of the friary died from the black plague. 1541 saw the friary abandoned under the reign of Henry VIII and the dissolution of the monasteries. The friary and lands were confiscated and destroyed at that point.
By 1615 a new friary had been built on Cook street which runs parallel to Merchants quay. A church which stood here was destroyed in 1619 and rebuilt. Due to Catholicism not being legal then the friars had to say mass secretly in what was known as the Adam and Eve tavern, which is how the church gets its second name today.
The church we see here replaced a previous building and after the Catholic emancipation in 1829, the friars set to work on building a new glorious church, which is the one we see here today. It was founded in 1834, but many changes have happened to its interior design since then.
The architect was Patrick Byrne who originally planned to have a monumental tower on the Merchants Quay entrance, but funds were a problem and the quay entrance was built with neither a tower or a nave whch makes it quite easy to miss among the other buildings of the quayside.
renovation works carried out after 1900 saw the construction of the dome we see here, and much of the interior of the building reorganized. An addition in 1912 was the Shrine to St Anthony which is Irelands national shrine to this much venerated saint.
Originally this church was dedicated to St Francis, but was rededicated to the immaculate Conception in 1889.
Today, as well as being a center of faith in the heart of Dublin, the ministry here provides amazing charity work. One element of their focus is towards dug users in the city center, and the other towards the poor and homeless of the city. The ministry offers free meals, food to take home and advise for these less fortunate people and it is a lifeline for hundreds. The ministry is hugely active in these inner city communities and nobody who lives in Dublin's city center is unfamiliar with the Merchants Quay project.
This beautiful building is only minutes walk from Chirtchurch Cathedral, one of Dublins most prominent landmarks, but you would never find tourists in this place. A shame, because it is a fantastic building.
Thanks for looking!
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Romano46 (18466) 2013-12-21 10:01
è sorprendente l'effetto grafico dell'interno di questa chiesa che trova sviluppo nelle forme, ma ulteriore incremnento con l'uso intelligente che l'architetto ha saputo fare del colore.
hai fatto una buona ripresa curando non solko l'inquadratura, ma soprattutto la resa della luce che disegna motivi plastici soprattutto nella cupola.
Straordinarie come sempre le note.
Ciao, buona serata e buon fine settimana
cornejo (32780) 2013-12-21 11:00
Hi Noel, very good picture of this interesting view of the vault of this church, beautifully captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, light and color. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good night and good Sunday. (Merry Christmas)
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
Sonata11 (33298) 2013-12-21 13:09
Wow!!! spectacular details, very beautiful POV and wonderfully executed image with fantastic colors, sharpness, clarity, amazing Light. Love it. I wish you and your family Happy and Merry Christmas. All the best, Barbara
emka (80972) 2013-12-21 13:38
It is a fantastic building and like many other tourists I missed it:(. beautiful interior with wonderful dome. Excellent presentation.
I wish you and your family happy and very Merry Christmas.
All the best MAlgo
photoray (12699) 2013-12-21 14:21
Beautiful revelation of the Immaculate Conception's interior, especially the immense dome reminding me of Rome's Parthenon with the rectangular honeycomb pattern, but different with an oval center. And the blue paint enhances the pattern. The colorful artistic stain glass windows are a bonus highlight. Everything appears very clean and well preserved, an architectural monument to be proud of.
Thanks for sharing another historical beauty and note,
carlo62 (34572) 2013-12-21 14:27
bella cupola, ottima architettura e bei colori.
Hai fatto benissimo a includere la statua della Madonna, visto che la chiesa è dedicata a lei, ma l'effetto grafico della parte alta della foto sarebbe stato più forte.
lousat (78503) 2013-12-21 15:27
Hi Niel,excellent capture of this interior,very original and unusual,very geometric too with this particular blue that you caught in the best way despite the difficult light,excellent details too.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
delpeoples (53421) 2013-12-21 17:00
Ciao dear Noel
hehehe "holy" indeed! More like "hungover" on my part, I've started the birthday and Christmas festivities early. So excuse any typos or a critique that doesn't make sense.
This is a cracking shot, you must be delighted with it. And before I checked your settings I thought you'd used a tripod it's so sharp and symmetrical. So I was surprised to see that you've hand-held this shot, making it all the more impressive. And what a wonderful corner of Dublin you've found. Considering the church was probably a short walk from where I was staying, it just goes to show that it's really only a local who can properly show you a city.
The dome is simply stunning. It looks 3 dimensional and I have to really think about whether those hole things in the roof are inny or outy bellybuttons. The slight distortion of the wide-angle lens - I think Craig calls it "bokeh" - is really artistic and guides the eye in further. And you've handled the light as immaculately as the Conception. Oooh blasphemy!
By the way, did you know that a cobalt blue roof (lie the one here) and those stars will always indicate a church dedicated to the Mother Mary / Star of the Sea? I didn't know this until about 2 years ago on a solo photo walk when I was speaking to a Protestant minister in Sydney whose passion is church architecture of any denomination. Now I'm always on the look-out and your photo and excellent note prove his point!
Anyway, thanks for sharing and although I'll probably chat before the Big Day, will wish you and your family a happy, happy, super-dooper, magnatastic, yellow wheat-juice-ridden Christmas and a New Year that brings you happiness, health and everything you wish for.
abmdsudi (44328) 2013-12-21 20:14
Fantastic interior loads of delicacy and nicely aligned vertical so well balanced that really brings out the character within the frame While i feel that the dome -upper zone grabs more attention, the lower portion, touch of vivid red, complement providing an effective anchor point. The exposure looks exquisite with lovely colors, crisp throughout and fine overall contrast but the ambient is extremely special. The pov has greatly accentuated the depth, feel of space and height to greatest effect. You did a great work here, an image to be proud off for sure. Fine works Congrats
adidas5nb (5413) 2013-12-21 20:24
beautiful presentation from you with a great pov and angle.love the blue n yellow colors with great light.great effect.
jjcordier (77026) 2013-12-21 22:29
Une photo de qualité de l'intérieur de ce dôme. Un excellent cadrage et une exposition très bien gérée.
Schnappilic (9690) 2013-12-21 23:42
A very good presentation of this beautiful church. Great symmetric composition. Good POV! A very suitable subject for this time.
jhm (140689) 2013-12-22 2:59
Merry Christmas for you and your family.
A wonderful dome and lovely ceiling.
Also a nice depth and perspective image with pleasant colours.
Excellent composition, lovely presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
snunney (85749) 2013-12-22 3:00
A splendid capture of this fine ceiling with its strong geometric lines. The image ideally exposed despite the difficult lighting conditions. I like the warm/cool tonal contrasts and the excellent detail.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-12-22 3:22
a shot that has the Wow! factor, it jumps out of the t/nails and is even more impressive full size. I love your POV and the superb clarity in what must be a magnificent church interior to experience first hand. The ceiling blues are so unusual and your presentation here does it full justice. Amazing image - love it!
Enjoy your Sunday - B.
Subhogen (4065) 2013-12-22 3:34
This is just superb Noel!!
You have done exceedingly well to capture both the dome roofs at the same time and what magnificent roofs they are. Beautiful color contrasts between the ivory and the indigo. Wonderful architecture. Great details caught on the skylight. A marvelous shot with superb light, colors and clarity.
It is hard to believe that this is not on the tourist circuit of your country. It implies 2 things one there are more beautiful destinations in your country so the tourists can ignore this gem or two the tourism department is sleeping. :-)
Good to hear that this place does a lot of charity.
Thanks for sharing this wonderful place with an original and educative note as always.
krzychu30 (15498) 2013-12-22 7:09
brilliant composition and superb symmetry make we get here really strong graphical and visual shot!
It´s a real pleasure to enjoy your creative vision of this beautiful interior.But you deserve also appreciation for the quality,which is not easy to achieve in churches.
Magnificent presentation my friend!
Have a joyful holiday and a Great New Year!
Fis2 (86837) 2013-12-22 7:26
interesting POV and composition.
I like colors and light.
pajaran (53022) 2013-12-22 8:38
Dobar dan, popodne.
Interesantan i dobar tekst o staroj Crkvi, sa opisom ...
Dobra kompozicija, lepo pokazana unutrasnjost i kupola.
Dobar trenutak i kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar rad, lepo pokazan enterijer i detalji.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
Interesting and good article about the old church, with a description ...
Good composition, nice interior and dome shown.
A good moment and contrast, beautiful colors.
Good work, nice interior and details shown.
Nice afternoon and all the best.
rigoletto (34269) 2013-12-22 9:36
i always have an affinity to complete the points to the powers of ten (like 38 to 40 or 98 to 100), so here i am :)
it is strange that you had not shared this place before, it definitely looks worthy of photographing. so, the dome is also one of those inspired by the roman pantheon, but the indigo makes it look superb cool.
ourania (32867) 2013-12-22 13:52
this is a marvelous picture that exalts the original architecture, its individual features and the warm and suggestive atmosphere of this church. I like very much how this spectacular composition is built around the statue at the bottom of the frame. The symmetrical patterns unfold within the frame in a fascinating way, you managed light and colours really well and we are able to enjoy the whole and the details with superb definition. Different architectural styles and patterns have been combined to an intriguing effect and your presentation of this combination is excellent. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a wonderful holiday and enjoy all the things you love about Christmas!
Miguel82 (24725) 2013-12-22 15:46
Noel, this is a remarkable interior of church, I like the patterns and your pov, praying is always something good, nice colors and sharpness, all the best, warm regards
Royaldevon (30793) 2013-12-23 1:45
Good Morning Noel,
You have captured so much in this one shot!
The Madonna is an understated focal point and is perfectly linked to the 'eye' of the dome. You really have managed to give a 3D effect to the dome, where the colours are stunning and the details sharply exposed.
A fine symmetrical composition.
Have a really Happy Christmas,
jcpix (13708) 2013-12-23 12:59
I have just a few spare moments today, but I couldn't let this one escape me...what a gorgeous photo! This is top notch composition and presentation, you've done a terrific job in conveying the sense of dimension and shape. Then of course, for my particular liking, the repetitive patterns within the shapes are captivating...especially when there's so much blue color to enjoy as well. I think this would have made Adam and Eve quite happy! :)
All the very best my friend. Happy Holidays, and compliments on a super shot!
Cheers from snowy SLC,
nikkitta (14992) 2013-12-23 14:42
Impresive interior capture of the dome that ghas plenty of graphical effect given by the way it s built and the blue soft orange color contrast
Exellent POV that lets watch not only the cupole but aldo the church where I can see a Xmas tree at the right
Wish you a very Happy Xnas full of peace, joy and love with your familly
serp2000 (40654) 2013-12-24 5:31
First of all, my congratulations, Noel!
Merry Christmas! And all the best wishes in 2014!
I love this point of view! Amazing optical effect, good graphic, perfect quality, this name of the church reminds me my Israel trip and the Holy land's churches.
mcmtanyel (14247) 2013-12-29 20:10
Here are the first words that come to mind when I look at this photo: Remarkable symmetry, lovely colors, mesmerizing patterns. This is an outstanding photo, TFS!
- Copyright: Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) (25314)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-12-21
- Categories: Daily Life, Ceremony, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon EOS 60D
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/30 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Domes [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-12-21 9:44