A classic walk around the city
Cork is a picturesque Irish town located in the south of the island. Its name originated from the Irish term for the „corcach“ swamp and its history dates back to the expansion of the Vikings into the 9th century, later in the 12th century it was declared king of Ireland. Cork is located in the deeply cut bay of the Irish Sea and at the mouth of the River Lee, which branches into two troughs in the city and part of the predominantly historic city finds itself on the island.
Market - English Market
Our first stop after a 3-hour bus ride from Dublin was to be the market in the city center. It is a great place both to taste various delicacies and to get acquainted with the spirit of the city. The marketplace is built in the architectural style of the mid-19th century and thus helps, together with the local vendors who offer their local products, to transfer to a time long past.
On the way from the market along Washington Street Main Street inland, you can't miss the majestic-looking Cork City Courthouse. The building built in the antique style has been here since 1828 and still serves its original purpose
Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral
Cork can be proud of several beautiful majestic cathedrals, which are widely used by the locals, because the Irish are a very religious nation and Christianity predominates here, of course. This Anglican cathedral was consecrated in 1870, but services have been held here in the city center since the 7th century. Admission to this cathedral is subject to a fee, but its beauty can also be admired from the outside.
University of Cork
University of Cork – under the full name of the National University of Ireland, Cork (UCC) is part of the National University of Ireland and was founded in Cork in 1845 as one of the three royal universities along with Belfast and Galway. During the tour, we were mainly interested in its new study center together with the adjacent square, where students and passers-by can sit undisturbed. The main university building is built in the classical English style of stone and with a dominant clock tower.
The Glucksman Gallery
Lewis Glucksman Gallery is a cultural and educational institution that supports research, creation and exploration of fine arts. Located at the main entrance to University College Cork. The building has received many awards for its modern and unique design, which includes.
After a walk through the historic city center and drawing on all the perceptions and impressions, it's time to relax in the greenery. We found a large Fitzgerald's Park nearby, which was properly occupied in nice weather. Even so, you can relax there and recharge your batteries to continue exploring the city.
Holy Trinity Church & Capuchin Friary
We continue to explore the city and undoubtedly the iconic view of the city of Cork undoubtedly includes the Holy Trinity Church (also known as the Father Mathew Memorial Church). We find it at the southern branch of the Lee River. Bridges across the river provide very good views of the church. Along the way, we pass the original Irish Gothic national monument commemorating the uprising, which was unveiled in 1906.
Fortress - Elizabeth Fort
The nearby 17th-century Elizabeth Fortress is definitely worth a visit. Just cross the bridge and go up the hill, where you can enjoy a free view of the city center from the gallery of the fortress. The monument also offers free guided tours.
Other interesting things
Thanks to its rich past, Cork is truly a pearl for visitors, who can choose from many attractions. Literally every corner is a historic church, cathedral, tower or bell tower. Here are other possible stops such as the bell tower with the tower of the church of St. Anny or Red Abbey Tower.
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