|Our guide at Christ Church door|
VERY SCARY BEFORE THE GHOST WALK! - We think that one of the people we encountered before the ghost tour was more scary than the tour itself, because it was a young guy who was obnoxiously drunk and wanted to stir up trouble with our female tour guide. Fortunately, two plainclothes Garda (police) walked him away.
2 CREEPY THINGS ABOUT CHRIST CHURCH, DUBLIN!
|Photograph of Bram Stoker circa 1906|
Our guide told us that he attended the church, and was influenced by it's appearance to develop "Dracula's castle" in his novel. We can see that- both are creepy!
He was a sickly child and had blood transfusions in his youth, so we know what influenced his writing. Before he wrote Dracula he and his wife moved to London, where Stoker became acting manager and then business manager of Irving's Lyceum Theatre, London, a post he held for 27 years. He was born November 8, 1847 and died April 20, 1912.
For the horror fans, there's even an annual Bram Stoker Festival in Christ Church Cathedral. Google it.
|Rob's illustration of the skeletal soldier in the church basement|
2) THE SKELETAL SOLDIER IN THE BASEMENT - Our tour guide told us that in the basement of Christ Church a skeleton of a soldier was found holding a sword. She said that the skeleton was that of a man who held the rank of Lieutenant. It is assumed that he got lost in the passageways under the church. He was likely killed by rats that live in abundance in the passageways, and that he died holding his sword while trying to fend them off. While listening to the story, I (Rob) drew a quick sketch of the impression I got from the church building.
|"Boo Ghost" was written on a wall in Dublin|
NEXT: Ghost / History Walk in Downtown Dublin - Part 2: Handel's Messiah Debut, Haunted City Wall Gates