Highlights of Belfast
Until a recent renovation corrected its list, the Albert Memorial Clock was Belfast’s answer to Pisa’s leaning tower. Erected in 1865 in Gothic style to commemorate Queen Victoria’s consort, Prince Albert, it was tall enough at 113ft, to offer an excellent vantage point for at least one enterprising sightseer to get a birds-eye view of Titanic’s launch.
Belfast City Hall
Iconic Belfast City Hall was officially reopened on 12th October 2009 following its £11m, two-year refurbishment programme. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton performed a ribbon cutting ceremony and unveilled a plaque to mark the reopening.
The home of Belfast City Council, it was designed by Alfred Brumwell Thomas and built in Portland stone. Completed in 1906, it is a magnificent Edwardian ‘wedding cake’ built to reflect Belfast’s city status, granted by Queen Victoria in 1888. The dome is 53m (173 feet) high. Figures above the door are ‘Hibernia encouraging and promoting the Commerce and Arts of the City’
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