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Friday, 23 March 2012

Belfast: 'A City Shaped by Conflict' Tour Preview

Our new tour for 2012 launches Saturday 24th March at 11am. PLACE volunteer Aisling Shannon, a Ph.D student at Queen’s University, provides "a fascinating, speculative look at a Belfast most of us never really think about" say Culture NI.

Castle Court: Shaped by Conflict. Photo by David Bunting.

Describing her tour Aisling explains that "decades of civil unrest in Belfast have had an inescapable impact on the city's growth and evolution. The most obvious scars in the built environment are the city’s numerous peace walls. But there are also some more subtle, surprising ways in which The Troubles have influenced the shape of the city we see today, in the design of buildings, land usage and infrastructure."

Divis Tower: Shaped by Conflict. Photo by David Bunting.

Commenting on their sneak preview of the new tour Culture NI say "PLACE's new city tour is a fascinating look at how conflict has shaped Belfast's urban architecture" and is "well worth an hour and a half's walk on a weekend".

Starting at the oft-bombed Europa Hotel, this fascinating walk will take in back-to-front residential areas, walls masquerading as roads, the remnants of once-grand streetscapes - and will point to the potential of ‘peace-time architecture’.

Road Infrastructure: Shaped by Conflict. Photo by David Bunting.

The tour departs from the Europa Hotel, Great Victoria Street, Belfast, BT2 7AP at 11am Saturday 24th March. Tour lasts 1hr 30 - 2hrs. Tickets cost £5 per person (£4 concession).

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The Master Architect: Charles Lanyon's Belfast

Also, returning this weekend, is our walking tour which takes in the many building and structures by Sir Charles Lanyon. From the Linen Hall Library to the Queen’s Bridge, he made a singular and lasting impact. Bridges, civic buildings, churches, libraries, a Masonic Hall, a University - the list of projects is as long as Lanyon's storied career. 

Photo by Catherine Keenan.

This Sunday from 11am you can join us on a journey through prosperous, confident and extravagant Victorian Belfast, as we follow the life of this famous architect, engineer and one-time Lord Mayor of the city.

Tour departs PLACE, 40 Fountain Street, Belfast, BT1 5EE at 11am Sunday 25th March. Tour lasts 1hr 30. Tickets cost £5 per person (£4 concession).

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