Sightseeing in Dublin, the capital of Ireland

22 May, 2014 0 Comments

Christ Church Cathedral

Dublin, capital of the Republic of Ireland, offers its visitors many possibilities, that is why it is an ideal destination to escape from time to time. In addition, it is a city well communicated with the rest of the island and other major cities in Europe and at affordable prices. It is easy to explore on foot because it is a small city. Although account with transport throughout the city, you can visit it, if you have quite a long time, with more tranquillity if you walk through its streets. So you can admire, for example, its elegant Georgian houses.

Among the places to visit in Dublin are the St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Christ Church Cathedral, buildings that show the contrast of a religious city that for centuries remained divided between Catholicism and Protestantism. Both cathedrals are emblems of the medieval Irish architecture. While Christ Church Cathedral, the protestant, dating back to the year 1,028 and its crypt is one of the oldest in Europe, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Roman Catholic church, was founded in the year 1,191. By the way, the mortal remains of Jonathan Swift, author of the “Gulliver’s Travels” are buried in the Christ Church Cathedral.

Another important place to visit is the Dublin Castle, which is almost hidden behind some new buildings. Built in the year 1,204, the castle was used in the time of the British domination to punish the Irish who were opposed to its laws. Traditions such as the use of the Gaelic language or the celebration of Catholic rites were banned by the English Protestants since the fifteenth century. The punishment was to be decapitated and their heads hung from the walls of this castle. This is the explanation for the hatred of the Irish for this monument that remind them such a terrible time.At the City Hall, the town hall of the city, which is very close to the castle, you can attend a show at which tells us the entire history of this great city.

Following by Dame Street you get to the magnificent building of the Bank of Ireland. In this building you can observe that all the windows are bricked up. This is because in times of the British domination, to avoid the payment of a tax that was paid depending on the number of windows in a house, the only way to not pay was not have windows.

Opposite the Bank of Ireland is one of the emblems of the city of Dublin, Trinity College, the largest university in the country and one of the most prestigious of all Europe. Great writers and thinkers who have recorded their name in the History studied here. And here is the most important Irish national treasure too, the Book of Kells. The impressive library of Trinity College, the Long room, it is also worth being visited. This completely carved in wood and this is the resting place of more than 200,000 volumes.

Trinity College

On the other hand, Dublin is a city that cares for its artists. It is a city that protects the art and culture. For this reason, UNESCO recognized it as the capital of the Literature in 2011. If you love the culture, there are some places in Dublin you have to write down in your travel diary:

– If you start with the area of Merrion Square, you arrive at the house of Oscar Wilde. In this neighbourhood of Georgian style are some of the major museums of the city: the National Gallery, the Museum of Natural History and the National Museum.

– If you walk in the direction of the Daniel O’Connell Street, you will find yourself with the Writers Museum and to the James Joyce Centre.

– If you walk a little closer to the river, you will find the Abbey Theatre, which is of great importance in the history of this city, because it was the first to be founded in Dublin back in 1904 and that was linked in those early years to Irish writers who sought to resurrect his works the ancient Celtic culture and local traditions.

– As a finishing touch to this cultural visit make a stop in the Old Temple Bar, an area where you will find the shops and book-stores more curious of the city.

Finally, and before you say goodbye to Dublin until the next time, you can visit the Guinness Storehouse, the former factory of Guinness beer. In its facilities, in addition to learning about the history of this famous mark brewer, you can enjoy a good pint in the Gravity Bar, from where you have the best panoramic views of the city.

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