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Welcome to the oldest building in Dublin. Its history states that it was built to reconcile the Celtic and Anglo-Norman traditions. This cathedral houses one of the best choirs in Dublin. Learn about its history...it's fascinating. Find out everything from the Vikings to the gold given by William of Orange after the Battle of the Boyne. It's not just a history lesson, but also a place to atone your sins.
The original church on this site was raised by the Normans in 1178 and named after the King of Mercia's daughter, the Abbess Werburgh. Re-designed by Thomas Burgh in 1715, and then again following a fire in 1754, the church's Georgian interior is as interesting as it is attractive. The Guinness family are commemorated inside and Lord Edward Fitzgerald, of the 1798 rebellion, lies in a tomb beneath the church. Other items of interest include the Gothic pulpit, created by Richard Stewart, and the organ case which dates back to 1767.
Temple Bar is often used to symbolize the extraordinary changes which Dublin has undergone in recent years. In the 1980s, this district of the city was earmarked as the site for a vast bus station. Galleries and small shops colonized the cheap properties, however, the bus-depot plans were abandoned, and the area now boasts of a warren of bustling shops, cafes, galleries and restaurants. Some of the country's best cultural institutions have found a home in Temple Bar, including the Irish Film Centre and the Gallery of Photography. Two new civic spaces, Temple Bar Square and the striking Meeting House Square have been created and utilized by artist and traders. In short, this district is one of the city's most colorful and vibrant; make a point of seeing it for yourself.
Founded as a Viking settlement, the capital city of Dublin is also the largest city of Ireland. It was founded in 988 CE. It is ranked as one of the top thirty cities in the world and is particularly known for its world-famous literary history. Literary luminaries such as Nobel laureates- William Butler Yeats and Samuel Beckett were from Dublin, a big reason why the city was named as a UNESCO City of Literature. Dublin is passionate about life and this reflects in their restaurants, bars, museums and monuments, all of which are deeply embedded in their history. Some of the prominent landmarks include the Samuel Beckett Bridge, Convention Center, Trinity College, The Custom House, Dublin Castle and the O'Connell Bridge.
On this site stand two churches dedicated to St. Audoen. One, a Protestant place of worship, is now a national monument and the earliest medieval church still standing in Dublin. Admire the 12th-century tower - the oldest in Ireland - and imagine the bells tolling to remind parishioners to pray for those at sea. In the grounds surrounding the church you'll find the only gateway left of the old city and restored parts of the old city walls. The adjacent Roman Catholic church was built in 1847. Note the two clam shells from the South Pacific which flank the entrance and which are now used as holy water vessels. A short film on Ireland before the Vikings can be watched in the basement. Mass is held here at 11am on Sundays.
Located on the West End of Temple Bar, the old city area is an interesting mélange of cafes, leisure outlets, fashion stores and salons. Known for its fashion boutiques, the town displays outfits by the crème-de-la crème of the fashion industry. Contemporary designs on exhibit blend well with the locality. So if you're out shopping for upholstery or dressing yourself for an outing, visit the Old City Shopping District to find the best in clothing and shopping. Credit cards may vary from store to store.
These law courts are a mere stroll over Richmond bridge from the Temple Bar area of the city. A huge copper-covered dome, 64 feet in diameter, towers into the sky above a beautiful Corinthian portico, while inside, the King's Bench, Exchequer, Chancery and Common Pleas can all be viewed. The structure that stands today has a history that is far from trouble-free. Designed by James Gandon, Four Courts remained intact for 120 years after its completion in 1802. The Irish Civil War saw its bombardment and the destruction of the Public Records Office. Unfortunately, the latter contained records dating from the 12th century, all of which are now lost forever. Luckily for us however, the law courts themselves have been restored to their former glory. Admission is free but only possible when court is in session, so it's a good idea to phone in advance.
Dublin Castle symbolized English rule for 700 years, ever since the Anglo-Normans built their fortress on this site. Later, the castle was to serve as the headquarters of the English-appointed Viceroy of Ireland. It was not until 1922 that it was finally handed over to the Irish Free State. Guided tours include the palatial State Apartments of the castle. Historical items of interest include a throne donated by King William of Orange and a variety of banners of the now-disbanded Knights of St Patrick. The Castle is very much a working series of buildings: it is used for State functions, and many government agencies are based here. This is an essential place to check out and there is a great deal for the visitor to see, including the Chapel Royal, the formal gardens, the Crypt Theatre and the splendid Chester Beatty Museum.