Ireland has a long, wonderful history with medieval stories and myths, with lots of ruins, monasteries, beautiful landscapes in the countryside and with great cities. The capital of Ireland, Dublin is one perfect example of the balanced coexistence of the old and the new, with a castle speaking of its ancient history, museums, libraries and stylish coffee shops.
Placed among the top 25 cities in the world, Dublin takes its name from the Irish name “Dubb Linn”, which means black pool.
With history dating back almost a thousand years ago, Dublin has a world-renowned literary tradition, as it has produced several great names, actually laureate at the Noble Prize: William Butler Yeats, Samuel Beckett, and George Bernard Shaw. Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker, James Joyce and Jonathan Swift are other famous writers who wrote some of their greatest books here.
But with an estimated population of 50% of inhabitants being younger than 25, Dublin has quickly developed a wild and reputed nightlife, being voted both in 2007 and in 2009 as the friendliest city of Europe.
Like in many other cases, the town center offers the largest varieties of spending some good quality time, being filled with shops, cafes and clubs. Still, despite the large offer the city has to make to thrse younger generation, some visito might be interested in the historical and most famous places in this city, build on the banks of the river Liffey and with an amazing port situated on the shores of Dublin bay.
The Christ Church CathedralBegun in 1172, this cathedral is famous for the combination of two major architectural styles, the Romanesque and the Early English Gothic. The Christ Church has a long history which can be traced from the Vikings and the Anglo-Normans to the present. Its architecture is a continuous source of fascination, and it has been since a long time the seat of the Anglican bishop of Dublin and Glendalough.
Built and restored more than many times, the cathedral has now an eclectic architecture and style, but it remains one of the most pleasant mixes of styles ever. Every year, thousands of visitors come to this place to enjoy its architecture or its religious connotation, celebrating liturgies.
The Dublin CastleThis magnificent place has been for many years the seat of the British rule in Ireland, but, since 1922, it is the Irish government complex. First built in 1204, the castle initially served as a prison, but it was destroyed in a fire.
A new castle was completed in 1688, and then underwent a series of changes and restorations. A great tourist attraction, the Dublin Castle held many meetings of the European Council and appeared in numerous films, including The Tudors, Becoming Jane or Barry Lyndon.
Its popularity increased as the castle hosts each May the Heineken Green Energy Festival, which attracts over 50,000 people every year. When touring the castle, the visitors will be able to see the state apartments, the drawing room, the Apollo room, the throne room, the magnificent staircase and the ballroom which will certainly impress.
The Georgian DublinThe Georgian Dublin refers to the surviving buildings in Dublin erected in the Georgian period, who made it until modern days, and which include lots of important museums.
Here the visitor can find the National Museum of Archeology and History, which houses antiques, historical materials and decorative arts; here is also the place of The National Museum of Decorative Arts and History, which tells the story of Ireland’s economics, politics, social and military history.
The Georgian Dublin also houses the National Gallery, the Heraldic Museum and the Civic Museum.
Temple BarAs said before, Ireland is one the most friendly countries in the world when it comes to having fun and nightlife. The most famous place in Dublin, with an international reputation for fun, is the Temple Bar, initially developed as Dublin’s cultural centre.
With medieval street patterns and with many narrow streets, Temple Bar is the spot to go when looking for some fun in Dublin. Besides the nightclubs, the restaurants and the bars, Temple Bar is also the location of various cultural institutions, like The Irish Film Institute, the Central Bank of Ireland, The Projects Art Centre, Dublin Institute of Photography or the Arthouse Multimedia Centre. Many events take place here, like the Cow’s Lane Market, which is a fashion and design market, or Speaker’s Square Project, an area of public speaking.
Grafton StreetEven though Dublin is such an historical city, with a very attractive nightlife, shopping is one important activity to do when visiting. Dublin city has several shopping districts, the Grafton Street, Henry Street, Stephen’s Green Shopping center or Jervis Shopping Centre.
Among these, Grafton Street is the most popular one, named after the illegitimate son of Charles II of England. The most popular and famous brands can be found on this street, as well as the most exquisite jewelers.
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