Dublin is the capital of Ireland and the largest city of the country. The city is located on the eastern coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey. It is the political, economic and industrial centre of the country and represents Ireland historically, culturally as well as artistically.
Trinity College Dublin is the oldest university in Ireland. It was founded in 1952 by Queen Elizabeth 1st. The university campus covers 19ha. As the university is developing itself and disciplines are more and more numerous, newer buildings were added to the historic buildings. In addition of being a place of knowledge, Trinity College is also considered as a tourist attraction, including the architectural treasures that are the old library and the bell tower as well as the exhibition of the Book of Kells, a beautiful artwork of the medieval period.
Bank of Ireland is the first building that was designed for the Bicameral; a political system in which the legislators are divided into two houses. In other words, House of Lords and House of Commons were once located in that building.
Christ Church Cathedral or the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity is an Irish Anglican cathedral dating from middle ages. The construction began in 1038 and many works were made over time; the last one dating from 1980. Located in the district of Wood Quay, the medieval heart of Dublin, Christ Church Cathedral is the elder of the two cathedrals of Dublin.
St Patrick’s Cathedral is located in the south of the old city. It is the seat of the Anglican Church of Ireland. Nowadays, there is nothing left from the original building, built in the 5th century. The cathedral was rebuilt and the present building dates from the 13th century. Only the western tower and the spire are more recent, dating respectively from 1370 and 1749.
The General Post Office in Dublin is the headquarters if the Irish Post Office. It is located at the intersection of O’Connell Street and Henry Street. The building is known for being the headquarters during the 1916 Easter Rising, a significant event in the Irish history, in which the post office was stormed and occupied.
Dublin Castle has held numerous functions over time. It was also the seat of the British government of Ireland for centuries. Most of the buildings date from the 18th century and are finally open to the public.
The Ha’penny Bridge is a bridge over the Liffey and reserved for pedestrians. Formerly known as Liffey Bridge, it was built in 1816. Its name, Ha’penny, is due to the price people had to pay half penny to cross the bridge. The toll was abolished in 1919.
The little extra of Dublin
The Guinness Storehouse in St James Gate Brewery. This is one of the main tourist attractions of the city. This brewery presents the history of the founder, the production method of the famous Guinness, the evolution of the advertising, etc. On the top floor, the gravity bar offers a wonderful view of the entire city.
Temple Bar is a neighborhood in the historic centre of Dublin. Very touristic, it is particularly popular, especially in the evening or during weekends. It represents the cultural dubliner life par excellence. Restaurants, pubs, shops, cinema and art gallery are waiting for you, a must in Dublin!