There is a supermarket that has just opened which has medieval ruins viewable through a glass floor. This lets you see a little bit of archaeology while doing your weekly shop.
The new Lidl supermarket on Aungier Street in Dublin has kept this little piece of history. I think it’s a great thing and there’s a video here where you can vicariously experience it.
Medieval Ruins In A Supermarket?!
RTE news in Dublin wrote an article about this, which brought it to wider attention. Rather than building over the remains and keeping it concealed from view, the store went down another route, which you can see in the video below.
In store displays give a little bit of an explainer about it, which is just great. I’m looking forward to popping in for a bit of a look, while picking up a few things for the cupboards at home, of course.
When I first arrived in Dublin, a Radisson hotel was being built next door to my place of work. One of my colleagues took me out to have a look and you could see all the archaeology being done on the site before the building commenced.
Now the hotel has gone up, it is all gone from view, which is a bit of a shame. I think preserving it and making it accessible for people to see is something that should be done where possible.
Regular readers know I have a keen interest in history, and I firmly believe you need to know about history to better inform decision making in the present. What Lidl have elected to do in their new Aungier Street supermarket is great.
Have you seen any other examples of medieval ruins or others being preserved in this manner? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
Featured image by Frank McGrath via Irish Independent.