The Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge in Co. Antrim. Image: Library of Congress. Library of Congress

The Ireland of the 1890s may have been one of greater poverty than modern-day Ireland, but the views and beauty still came for free for anybody who walked the country’s shores. These incredible postcard photos, taken between 1890 and 1900, offer a magical look back at the Ireland of over 120 years ago.

The pictures come to use courtesy of the Library of Congress. They enable us to get a view of some of the top tourist spots in late 19th century Ireland, many of which are still popular destinations for tourists today. Although not all counties are covered, the images do come for all over the country and even give us an insight into the fashion and architecture of the day.

Taking in sites from the Giant’s Causeway to Ross Castle in Co. Kerry, the images were created using a secret method developed in the 1880s by an employee of a Swiss printing company. The complicated method was one of the first used to create color photography which was in the early stages of development.

It was a delicate and time-consuming process. First, a tablet of lithographic limestone would be coated in a light-sensitive emulsion and exposed to sunlight under a photo negative. The emulsion hardened over several hours in proportion to the tones in the negative and the image would be left on the stone.

Read more: National Geographic captures color and beauty of Ireland in 1927 (PHOTOS)

Here is a look at some of the best. Let us know which are your favorites in the comments section, below:

Co. Antrim

Glengarriff

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Image: Library of Congress

Glenoe village

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Image: Library of Congress

Giant’s Causeway

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Image: Library of Congress

Portrush

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Image: Library of Congress

Dunluce Castle

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Image: Library of Congress

Bridge in Glengarriff

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Image: Library of Congress

Royal Avenue, Belfast

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Image: Library of Congress

Co. Clare

Lisdoonvarna

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Image: Library of Congress

Co. Cork

Eccles Hotel, Glengarriff

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Image: Library of Congress

Patrick Street in Cork City

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Image: Library of Congress

Cottage near Glengarriff

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Image: Library of Congress

Blackrock Castle

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Image: Library of Congress

Glengarriff Harbour

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Image: Library of Congress

Queenstown (now Cobh)

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Image: Library of Congress

Cobh Harbour

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Image: Library of Congress

Co. Down

Newcastle

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Image: Library of Congress

Co. Dublin

The main Bank of Ireland building in Dublin City

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Image: Library of Congress

Shelbourne Hotel

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Image: Library of Congress

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

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Image: Library of Congress

Phoenix Park

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Image: Library of Congress

Co. Fermanagh

Lower Lough Erne

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Image: Library of Congress

Devenish Island in Lough Erne

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Image: Library of Congress

Co. Galway

Killary Bay in Connemara

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Image: Library of Congress

Co. Kerry

Valentia Island

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Image: Library of Congress

Ross Castle, Killarney

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Image: Library of Congress

Co. Waterford

Dungarvan bridge and harbor

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Image: Library of Congress

The Quays, Waterford

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Image: Library of Congress

Co. Wicklow

Enniskerry

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Image: Library of Congress

Dargle Bridge

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Image: Library of Congress

Bray

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Image: Library of Congress

Vale of Avoca

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Image: Library of Congress

Poulaphouca Fall

Poulaphouca Fall

Poulaphouca Fall

Have you visited any of the places photographed here? Let us know about your experience in the comments section.