Gargoyles & Angels

    Armagh is an age old City, steeped in folklore and houses some fine architecture, yet one of it’s more recent attractions is still relatively unknown. Travel through the city of Armagh and you may get the feeling you are being watched. That’s because at any point, a Gargoyles eyes maybe following you along the streets.
    In June 2010 a project, part of a public art programme of a major urban regeneration scheme to re-vitalise the streets in Armagh City Centre and funded by Armagh City and District Council, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Department for Social Development saw the installation of 22 bronze gargoyles and angels in a range of the city’s locations, such as house corner stones, brick walls and door knockers.
    The project takes the images of the gargoyle and angel out of their historic sacral context into the contemporary urban environment of Armagh City. The works are deliberately small and intricate in scale: these angels and gargoyles are meant to be discovered by accident and bring with them an element of surprise.
    So if you find yourself with an afternoon free, a fantastic way to fill your day and see some of the city is to spend a few hours walking the city streets on a gargoyle hunt.

    "Great way to see and learn things you never knew about the history of where you live; while getting some exercise. Really enjoyed this; there were a few toughies to find enroute!"

    By Charmaine Hamilton

    05 Jan 2017

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    "I've done this walk several times with the kids and it's definately one of the best ways to see the city. Some are extremely tricky to find, but it is a perfect way to pass a few hours at the weekend"

    By David Hamilton

    05 Jan 2017

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