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This beautiful church is one Dublin's two Anglican cathedrals and has stood on this site since AD 600. The present building was founded in 1172 by Strongbow, the Anglo-Norman conqueror of Dublin. In the hundreds of years since, the building has weathered many changes of design and periods of steady deterioration. Since 1870 however, the Cathedral has been gradually and sensitively restored. The cathedral houses some of the remains of Strongbow, a casket containing the heart of St Laurence (the patron saint of Dublin) and a tabernacle and candlesticks used by James II in 1689 when the Latin Mass was briefly celebrated. The cathedral choir is one of the finest in Ireland.
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.
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.
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.
If only two things come to mind when thinking of the Irish (the color green and St.Patrick's Day) then you need to come here. This is a fun way to get to know the culture of Ireland and what better way than taking part in it? So spend 90 minutes learning to play the Bodhran (the traditional Irish drum), the Irish dance and be taught how to draw your own Celtic masterpiece. All three activities are steeped in history and are worth the time and effort spent in getting to know them. So, shed those inhibitions and dive right into it.
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.
Situated in the heart of the city center, the Chester Beatty Library is an art museum and library which houses the great collection of manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and some decorative arts assembled by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968). His collection is now housed in Dublin Castle in a restored 18th century building with a modern purpose-built block attached. The Library was named Irish Museum of the Year and was recently awarded the title European Museum of the Year, a coveted international accolade in the museum world. The Library's exhibitions open a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world. The rich collection from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe offers visitors a visual feast. Egyptian papyrus texts, beautifully illuminated copies of the Qur'an, the Bible, European medieval and renaissance manuscripts are among the highlights of the collection. Turkish and Persian miniatures and striking Buddhist paintings are also on display, as are Chinese dragon robes and Japanese woodblock prints. In its diversity, the collection captures much of the richness of human creative expression from about 2700 BC to the present day. Admission is free.