If you visit, be sure to take one of the guided tours of the city walls. I learned more Irish history on this 40 minute walk than I did during my many years at school.
I took a picture of the Bogside. The Bogside is a mainly Catholic area.
The cemetery to the top left serves both the Catholic and Protestant communities. According to our tour guide, in this cemetery, not only are the two communities divided in death by a wall above the ground, but they are also divided by a wall below the ground.
There are some very sad stories behind every single mural in the photo, especially The death of Innocence one featuring the schoolgirl, Annette McGavigan. (Google for her – no, really, google for her!)
It’s hard to look down on this apparently ordinary piece of urban landscape and not be moved. I know I was. 🙁
Of course, the same can be said for all the other “ordinary pieces of urban landscape” in this fabulous city.
Thankfully nowadays, the city is full of positivity and trying hard to make this a beautiful place for the folk who live there, and for those who visit.
The picture is quite big. Just click this link and hit the magnification glass on the cursor to see it bigger.
It’s not for sale or download. I just wanted to share it. If you do like it, let me know. And, be sure to visit this city. Thanks for reading this far.