It must be very difficult for the curator of a museum to leave a space without any exhibits, but that is exactly what they have done in Waterford’s Medieval Museum. Ignoring the incredible pieces on display within the museum (impossible really, when you consider Waterford is Ireland’s oldest City), the structure of the building breathtaking in itself.
The Choristers’ Hall was left untouched, underground, following a fire on the upper floors of the building. As a National Monument it is covered by rules, one of which is it is not allowed to be touched, so the above structure of the museum is “floating” over these foundations. When the hall was built, in the 1200’s, it was a very special building at the time. So when the modern museum was built above it had to be given the same sort of care. The architect sourced stone from the same quarry as the stone used on these pillars.
If ambience is something you can feel, you feel it entering here.