The Doors of Dublin in 30 Seconds

The Doors of Dublin - Photo credit: Victoria Roren
The Doors of Dublin - Photo credit: Victoria Roren

Dublin, maybe at the first glance a little gray and dull, but the Doors of Dublin are most certainly not.

You probably have heard about the famous “Doors of Dublin”. And even if you have not, as soon as you open any travel guide, you will have seen one or two. And as soon as you are in Dublin, you will spot them everywhere.

I didn’t even hit the tip of the iceberg while I was walking around in the city searching for the colorful doors, but here is my attempt to show the beautiful doors I found in 30 seconds. Click on the play button, for the best experience watch in HD, and enjoy.

But how and when did the famous vibrant-colored doors come into being? Luckily for every historical happening, there’s always a good story to explain it.

A popular story that tour guides love to tell involves the writers George Moore and Oliver St. John Gogarty who were neighbours on Ely Place. Gogarty had a habit of coming home drunk and knocking on Moore’s door instead of his own. Moore painted his door green so he wouldn’t get confused. Then Gogarty retaliated and painted his red. It was a domino effect from there.

Another story goes that after Queen Victoria died, England ordered Irish citizens to paint the doors black in mourning. The Irish rebelled and took out the bright paints instead.

The Doors of Dublin - Photo credit: Victoria Roren
The Doors of Dublin – Photo credit: Victoria Roren

And yet another tale that circulates in Dublin is that the painting of colorful doors was started by women. Women painted their doors so their drunk husbands wouldn’t mistake other homes for their own. And wake up in bed with another woman. I just love historical facts like this.

The most common story and probably the most accurate one is that During the early 18th century, Dublin, Ireland rose to become one of the British Empire’s most prominent and prosperous cities. Dubliners began to build elegant new Georgian homes beyond the walls of the original medieval town. At the time of construction, all of the exterior doors were the same color. The Georgian style exteriors of these townhouses, by virtue of strict rules laid down by the developer, had to adhere to very specific architectural guidelines – they were all, to the smallest detail, uniformly built. So, in order to set themselves apart, the residents of Georgian Dublin started painting their front doors whatever color struck their fancy to differentiate their homes form others.

The Doors of Dublin - Photo credit: Victoria Roren
The Doors of Dublin – Photo credit: Victoria Roren

Whatever the story, I think they’re great and they certainly brighten up a city that comes with a lot of rain.

The best places to find the coolest doors 

Merrion Square – Considered one of the city’s finest surviving squares and located on the southside of Dublin city center
Fitzwilliam Square-located in the south of Central Dublin and the last of the five Georgian squares built
Baggot Street– Runs from Merrion Row to Pembroke Road and is divided into two sections; Lower Baggot Street is where the Georgian architecture can be found while Upper Baggot boasts mainly Victorian architecture.

Have you ever noticed the amazing color range of doors in Dublin? If so where did you spot your favorite doors? 

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