This morning I motored to what is now known as The Cathedral Quarter, Belfast.
I parked at Donegall Street and walked the short distance to Academy Street, which is dominated at one side by Belfast Cathedral.
In fact, the Cathedral is enclosed by Donegall Street, Academy Street, Exchange Street West, and Talbot Street.
|Exchange Street West|
Standing in Saint Anne's plaza, there is a good prospect of the Cathedral's east end and pinnacle.
There was a proposal to build a lady chapel, 76 feet in length and 30 feet wide, holding a congregation of about 200 people, at the Cathedral's eastern extremity, though this plan was never realised, presumably due to financial constraints.Hill Street ends at the junction of Exchange Street West and Talbot Street.
|Gordon Street begins at 43 Hill Street|
|The beginning of Hill Street|
Hill Street leads from Waring Street to Talbot Street, with Gordon Street, Commercial Court and Exchange Place off it.
|Commercial Court, from 31 Donegall Street to Hill Street|
Commercial Court is celebrated, of course, for the Duke of York bar and the relatively new Hadskis restaurant, which is related to the opulent James Street South restaurant in Belfast.
|Exchange Place, from 25a Donegall Street to Hill Street|
Whereas Exchange Place is more of a narrow entry which leads from Donegall Street to Hill Street.
The Duke of York has a back entrance or exit at Exchange Place.
Whereas Hill Street and its entries used to thrive with commercial warehouses and premises, today they flourish with marvellous theme restaurants and bars.
There are several hotels in the Cathedral Quarter, including the august and luxurious Merchant Hotel; the Premier Inn; and the Ramada Encore.