Derry, « The walled City » (ou Londonderry, son nom officiel)

Je reviens une dernière fois sur mes photos prises en Irlande du Nord et pour finir cette série, voici la très jolie ville fortifié de Derry (dont le nom officiel est Londonderry … souvent … vous verrez souvent sur la route les panneaux ainsi barrés: LONDONDERRY). Au XVIIe siècle, la ville fut le théâtre d’un très long siège mais elle ne fut pas envahie grâce à ses murs … plus récemment vous avez certainement entendu parler du Bloody Sunday … vous verrez de nombreuses fresques en commémoration de ce triste événement sur les mur du quartier de Bogside (qui était Catholique à l’époque).


I’m coming back one last time on my photos taken in Northern Ireland and to finish this series, here is the beautiful walled city of Derry (whose official name is Londonderry … often … you will often see its name on the road signs this way: LONDONDERRY) . In the seventeenth century, the city was the scene of a long siege but was not invaded through the walls … more recently you may have heard of the Bloody Sunday … you’ll see many frescoes commemorating that sad event on the wall of the Bogside neighborhood (which was Catholic at the time).

Derry - Londonderry

Derry - Londonderry

Derry - Londonderry

Derry - Londonderry

Derry - Londonderry

Derry - Londonderry

Derry - Londonderry

Derry - Londonderry

Derry - Londonderry

Derry - Londonderry

Derry - Londonderry

Derry - Londonderry

Derry - Londonderry

Derry - Londonderry

Derry - Londonderry

 

10 thoughts on “Derry, « The walled City » (ou Londonderry, son nom officiel)

  1. Wonderful photographs of a city I love.. Do you know that Derry is often called “The Maiden (Virgin) City” because it was 3 times besieged but never taken. And, it is called Derry by the Nationalists (Catholics) and Londonderry by the Unionists (Protestants), even today and even after the Peace Agreement. Still, things are improving – slowly!

    • Thank you !!
      Indeed, I learned that as well as the history of this beautiful city and how plantations were created (and why) thanks to a rapid visit in the museum inThe Guildhall. It was very instructive !
      I also talked to some people living in this area (I was invited at a wedding). They all confirmed that compared to the situation 15-20 years ago, now, it is much much better !

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