Cork City Prison
Ireland, Cork (city)

Cork is known for its rich historical and archaeological heritage, most of which has been perfectly preserved to this day. Part of this heritage and one of the main attractions of the city is the former city prison, where today the museum is located. Visitors to this place can completely plunge into the atmosphere of the nineteenth century, this is facilitated by the building itself, reminiscent of a medieval castle, and a unique exhibition of wax figures, which clearly demonstrates everyday scenes from the harsh and difficult life of the prison and its inhabitants. Often the city prison of Cork is called "female", which is not entirely true, since the prisoners of this institution most of the time it existed were criminals of both sexes. However, the most famous inhabitants of this place were women. These included Lady Mary Bowles and Countess Constance Markevich, subsequently the first woman elected to the British Parliament in 1918.
The building, designed by Sir Thomas Dean, is a stunning example of the Georgian style, possessing all the characteristic features of a Gothic castle rather than a prison, there are loopholes and characteristic drip molding, as well as classical proportions inherent in Gothic architecture. The main building in the shape of the letter H, together with the Governor's Wing, make up the bulk of the complex, which is part of the National Architectural Heritage of Ireland. At the end of the eighteenth century, the old city prison of Cork, located on a small patch in the very center of the city, was very crowded, and the prisoners were kept in complete unsanitary conditions. In 1806, the Irish Parliament decided to build a new building and allocate funds from the local budget. Ten years later, protective walls made of red sandstone were erected, and in 1824 a new city prison Cork was opened, which at that time was considered "the best in the three kingdoms." In 1870, the western wing was reconstructed, and in 1923 the city prison of Cork was closed, all prisoners were transferred to other correctional institutions. Local radio station - Radio Eireann broadcast from the Governor’s wing of Cork City Prison from 1927 to 1950, today there is an exposition dedicated to the history of broadcasting. The building of the city prison was completely abandoned until 1993. After extensive restoration work, a museum was equipped here, combining original graffiti left by prisoners, historical artifacts and a collection of wax figures that create the atmosphere of a 19th-century city prison

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