Architecture of Belfast

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The architecture of Belfast comprises architectural styles ranging from Georgian through to modernist buildings such as the Waterfront Hall and Titanic Belfast. The city's Victorian and Edwardian buildings are notable for their display of a large number of sculptures. Many of Belfast's Victorian era landmarks, including the main Lanyon Building at Queens University, were designed by Sir Charles Lanyon.

Chronology and styles[edit]

Belfast became a substantial settlement in the 17th century, after being established as a town by Sir Arthur Chichester.[1] None of the buildings from Belfast's first century as a market town on the river Farset survive today. The only significant structures in those early years from 1613 would have been a castle established by Sir Arthur Chichester, and the parish church at the foot of High Street, where a 'chapel of the ford' had been erected by 1306, and where St George's church now stands.



20th century[edit]


Pre-World War II and Art Deco[edit]

Late 20th century[edit]

21st century[edit]

In 2011 and 2012 Belfast saw the creation of two buildings described as "two of the most stunning new British buildings of the century",[2] namely the Lyric Theatre (2011) by Irish architects O’Donnell and Tuomey, and the Metropolitan Arts Centre (2012) by local architectural practice Hackett Hall McKnight. In contrast, the new boat-shaped Titanic Museum (2012) was described by The Telegraph as "startlingly inane".[2]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ "History of Belfast Castle". Tourism and venues. Belfast City Council. 2014. Archived from the original on 19 May 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Belfast: rising from the ruin of the Troubles". The Telegraph. 25 April 2012. Retrieved 27 October 2014.


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