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UNIVERSITY QUARTER
BELFAST - A WALK AROUND QUEEN’S QUARTER


In 2011 I spent 3 days photographing Belfast city and I came away with the impression that it was much cleaner and attractive than Dublin. Public buildings in Belfast were much better maintained than those in Dublin.

I have visited Belfast at least once per year since my 2011 visit and I now believe that my first impressions were incorrect. There is no doubting that the centre of the city is attractive and well maintained but in reality the area is very small and one does not have to travel far to see less attractive aspects of the city.

I still believe that public buildings are better maintained than their equivalents in Dublin. However, I have discovered that much of the city is suffering from urban decline, neglect and decay as is much of Dublin.

Sections of the city are totally dominated by local institutions and this is especially noticeable if one visits what is now known as the Queen’s Quarter. Every business and commercial activity in the area depends on the existence and activities of the university or its students. The main university building in beautiful but the surrounding area is not as attractive as one might expect.

Queen's Quarter (also known as the University Quarter) is the southern-most quarter in Belfast and named after Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland's largest university. The Quarter is centred on the Lanyon Building, the University's most prominent building, designed by architect Sir Charles Lanyon, while Botanic Avenue, Stranmillis Road, University Road and Malone Road are the main thoroughfares through the area.

The Quarter encompasses a region bounded by the Ormeau Road, the Holylands and Stranmillis Embankment to the east and the Lisburn Road to the west.

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