Belfast & Northern Ireland

The Man Who Built Belfast

27 Sep 2020
Many of the buildings you see as you walk around Belfast were designed by one man – Sir Charles Lanyon. This prolific 19th century architect designed, among others, Queen's University, Custom House, Belfast Castle, Crumlin Road Courthouse, Botanic Gardens and Queen's and Ormeau Bridges.

He is also responsible for the stunning Antrim Coast Road and some 38 churches dotted throughout the city. Born in England in 1813, Lanyon worked in Dublin before heading north to put his stamp on Belfast. He became Mayor of Belfast in 1862 and died peacefully at home in 1889.

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