It’s a door of sorts, one that can only be used if you have the right key. This photo was taken in The Bank Bar and Restaurant, in College Green, Dublin. This restaurant was formerly (you guessed it) a bank, in fact there was a bank here since 1892, first the Belfast Bank, and later the Royal Bank of Ireland. It has been a restaurant since 2003, but has retained many of the original features inside, including the safes and safety deposit boxes downstairs in the vaults.
The Bank website gives the following information on the origins of the building :
The exterior is Franco-Scottish in inspiration and is unique in that it is one of Dublin’s rare examples of Scottish sandstone. The interior, which was once the main banking hall, is a stunning example of merchant power and patronage displaying an extraordinary ornate setting, stained glass ceiling, mosaic tiled floors and spectacular hand carved plasterwork and cornicing.
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