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Thursday, 15 March 2018

Monument Hill


The Downshire Monument can be seen when travelling from Hillsborough to Dromara village.  A testimonial to the third Marquis, this tall and imposing fluted Doric column of dressed stone has a square base on a podium of three tall, raked steps.  The Downshire Coat of Arms is inset in its base.  The third Marquis died whilst visiting his estate in Blessington, County Wicklow.  His funeral procession was said to have been the longest seen in Ireland. (Source: Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council).

It was erected in 1848 and stands at 130ft tall.

Photos taken back in February.




The view northeast over the Lagan Valley towards Belfast.
Thankful to be able to enjoy beautiful days and countryside like this!


 Thankful to have you visit and comment!

Linking with Michelle's Thankful Thursday HERE

And Sky Watch Friday HERE

27 comments:

  1. ...what a gift the beautiful blue sky is.

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  2. Hello Christine, beautiful monument and a lovely sky. Wonderful photos. Have a happy day!

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  3. A beautiful monument and interesting info re the funeral. Such a gorgeous day for your visit.
    Have a blessed day.

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  4. Monument makes a great silhouette against the sky

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  5. Amazing photos, my friend! Hugs to you!

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  6. That is quite an imposing monument.

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  7. The monument is wonderful. I was surprised to see it was a carved column. Beautiful farm scene. I am hoping we can get to be green some of these days.

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  8. Very impressive. Beautiful shots!

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  9. How perfect, with the moon in the frame, also.

    Lovely photos, all.

    Ahhh yes, I agree with L.D. above. Hope to see green outside my window, "someday." Still snow, here. -sigh-

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  10. This is really something. Hard to imagine how the column was built. Perhaps with different blocks, like the Parthenon. Love that moon looking down on it!

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  11. Hello Christine!:) Impressive monument, and lovely country scene, all beautifully photographed.:)

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  12. Excellent composition. A very impressive monument, nice silhouettes and a lovely blue sky.

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  13. that is one tall monument! love the first photo with the blue sky! what a view too!

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  14. Great pictures. The blue sky and a few clouds make for a perfect shot.

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  15. Oh that blue sky is just gorgeous.

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  16. Prachtige gedenknaald Christine, fraaie fotoserie.
    Groet kees.

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  17. Very impressive, Christine!

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  18. That's tall and leads your eyes right up to that blue sky!

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  19. You have captured that monument well. Beautiful shots! Thanks for linking up today!

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  20. Really impressive monument, and it looks great against your blue skies!

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  21. Looks impressive and can be seen for miles I presume!

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  22. Great skies in these shots.

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  23. The monument looks gigantic! Fascinating! And thanks for the interesting facts!

    Greetings, Nina

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  24. Love the silhouette shot of the tower.

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