Photographer's Note

From Belfast, I went by bus to Derry. It is known as The Walled City, as it has preserved intact all city walls. I liked Derry very much - it is small but with many interesting places and the people are very friendly and helpful (and I needed some help). It was very nice. Derry had a turbulent past, called The Troubles, maybe I sill show something of it
Here the part of the Guildhall.

The current building was preceded by am earlier town hall which was built in the 17th century and destroyed in the Siege of Derry in 1689. The current building, which was designed by John Guy Ferguson and financed by The Honourable The Irish Society was completed in 1890.The design for the clock tower was modelled on the Elizabeth Tower in London.

After a disastrous fire in 1908, in which only the tower and rear block survived, the guildhall was rebuilt to the design of Mathew Alexander Robinson in 1912.

During The Troubles the Guildhall was the focus of multiple terror attacks. The building was badly damaged by two bombs in 1972, but was restored at a cost of £1.7 million and reopened in 1977.

The guildhall, which had been the meeting place of the county borough of Londonderry for much of the 20th century, continued to be the local seat of government after the formation of Londonderry City Council in 1972; the council was renamed Derry City Council in 1984.

The square in front of the Guildhall regularly plays host to important events and was the site of U.S. President Bill Clinton's address when he visited the city in November 1995.

The view of the whole building in Workshop.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12632 W: 133 N: 32616] (150009)
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