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For some reasons this seems to be a less popular spot among tourists, although it is located in the very centre of Dublin. I have never seen a photo of this place before and I really like the architecture of this church so I have attempted to photograph it several times already. All parks and gardens are closed after sunset so my favourite blue hour was out of question here.

The picture was taken in the Garden of Remembrance which is in the Dublin City Centre. In the foreground you can spot a fragment of an artificial pond which has a shape of cross. At the bottom there are painted waves which are supposed to symbolize a river. In Celtic custom, on concluding a battle, the weapons were broken and cast in the river, to signify the end of hostilities. Hence some weapons are also painted in the corner. By the way the water surface in the foreground was frozen on that day, hence only very subtle reflection of the church. In the back you see the Abbey Presbyterian Church. In the workshop photo I show the whole square together with the main monument “Children of Lir” (CLICK HERE).

The Garden of Remembrance is a memorial garden in Dublin dedicated to the memory of “all those who gave their lives in the cause of Irish Freedom". It is located in Parnell Square, a Georgian square at the northern end of O'Connell Street. The Garden was designed by Dáithí Hanly. It is in the form of a sunken cruciform water-feature. Its focal point is a statue of the Children of Lir by Oisín Kelly, symbolising rebirth and resurrection, added in 1971.

Abbey Presbyterian Church, known also as Findlater’s Church, was designed by Andrew Heiton, finished 1863. It is located at the Parnell Square in Dublin City Centre.
In the 1860s the growth of the Presbyterian congregation and a substantial increase in rent on the Mary’s Abbey property made it desirable for the congregation to seek new premises. By the great generosity of Alexander Findlater, a Dublin merchant, the present site in Rutland Square, now Parnell Square, was bought and a church building was erected at a cost of £14,000. The building is popularly known as ‘Findlater’s Church’ and is referred to by that name in two of James Joyce’s novels. The opening services were held in November, 1864.

Obviously the title refers to the Garden of Remembrance partially visible in the foreground. At the same time as some of you know, very soon I am leaving Dublin permanently so recently I tried to upload some more photos from this city. This photo collection will surely help to refresh my remembrance of Dublin in the future.

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