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The development of Temple Bar as a cultural quarter was the inspiration for the creation of this innovative city square. Surrounded on all sides by contemporary architecture, the square is used for outdoor films, concerts and art, check the local press for details of upcoming events. The market on Saturdays showcases the best of Irish home-made and organic food, and musicians will serenade you as you munch. It's a good idea to wander down here on a Saturday afternoon to see what's going on.
This multi-purpose venue opposite the Temple Bar Music Centre is a haven for all things multimedia. Featuring a cyber-café and an often innovative exhibition space, Arthouse also offers a range of short-term computer and graphic design courses. Architecturally innovative with an exposed elevator and ramps, Arthouse is worth a visit for the building alone. Its glass facade offers pleasant views of Curved Street; so even if you're not the technical type, it's lovely, low-key venue in which to linger over a cup of coffee.
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.
The Millennium Bridge is one of the finest additions to the city landscape in recent times and is certain to become as loved as the neighbouring Ha'penny Bridge. The winner of a design competition with 153 entries, its designers describe the parabolic arch as "simple, lightweight, transparent and structurally daring". The pedestrian bridge is wheelchair accessible and should be crossed at night so that the subtle and beautiful lighting can be appreciated. The span was actually constructed fifty miles from Dublin - in Carlow - and was the single largest object to have ever been transported over land in Ireland. It only took 25 minutes to lift the structure into place - a fitting millennial tribute to twentieth-century design and technology.
Located in the Old Harcourt Station, Pod is a popular live music venue that has many prestigious awards to its name. For ten years the venue has hosted the best nights and concerts that has earned it the repute of being the best clubbing destination. With dark tones, excellent music and comfortable seats, the venue is chic and great for a night out with friends. The drinks served at the bar are in plenty and well priced. Pod rents out its premises for various private and social events too.
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.