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Dublin – The Modern European Capital City of Literature, Gaelic Games, Shopping and Baroque Music
Dublin is also known as Baile Atha Cliath. The name of the city comes from Dubh Lihn. It literally means black pool. The capital city of Ireland can be found on the eastern side of the country. The River Liffey can be found near the city.
This city currently belongs to the top 25 cities in the world. Its population is also one of the fastest in Europe. Its history dates back to more than a century.
The city originally began with the Viking settlement. Settlers called Eblana Civitas appeared in the area around 140 AD. The Norse established the first town. Britain then conquered the area in 1172 AD. The Black Death plague later hit the area in 1348 AD.
Rapid expansion happened by the 17th century. The population grew to tens of thousands. The Guiness brewery centrally located at St. James' Gate was made in 1759. The brewery later relocated to London in the 1930's. St. Patrick's and Christ Church cathedrals were made in this period.
The city experienced slow growth in the 18th and 19th century. The city centre was damaged in 1916. The city experienced various conflicts later in this period. Preservation of their architectural heritage then began in the 1980's. An economic boom happened in the city by the late 1990's. New offices and roads were built. The private sector grew. Businesses developed. Transportation also improved.
Dublin then became a cultural centre. It also became a modern centre for the arts and education. This European capital city has become a prosperous city. Historical and Contemporary monuments can be seen across the city today.
You will find various attractions throughout the city. Some of them include the:
This castle dates back from the first Lord of Ireland.
You will find various luxury state apartments in the castle. They are mostly located in the southern region. There is Saint Patrick's hall, the throne room, the state drawing room, the state dining room, and the state corridor. You will see the Bedford Tower outside the castle.
This castle has been featured in various films. It was featured in the Tudors. You can take a tour of this historical castle with a 45 minutes guided tour. So book early to visit the castle.
Spire of Dublin
It is also known as the Monument of light. This monument can reach up to 121.2 meters in height. It also has a diameter of 3 meters. The spire is made with stainless steel. Its construction started in 2002. It was then completed in 2003. The monument has then received various nominations from 2003 to 2005.
You can find it at the O'Connell Street in the city. Watch it during different times. You will see the spire merge with the sky during dusk. You will also see the spire become a beacon at night.
St. Stephen's Green
This public park is open all year round. You can find various monuments here.
Fussiler's Arch and O'Donnovan Rossa can be found on the north-west side. A statue of Lord Ardilaun can be found on the west side. He gave this park to the city. Tonehenge or the bronze statue of Theobald Wolfe Tone can be found on the north east side. South east of the park is the Three Fates. The O'Connell bridge, Markievicz, playground, and bandstand can be found in the center.
Grand Canal Theatre
This new world class theatre was completed just March 18, 2010. It is located near the Grand Canal Dock. It can accommodate around 2,111 people.
You can visit the theatre for musical and concert performances. Ballets and Operas are also held in the theatre. It is currently the largest theatre in Ireland.
The Croke Park
The park is the main stadium for the traditional sports of Ireland. It is also the third largest stadium in Europe. These sports are called Gaelic games. Gaelic football and hurling compose the games.
The park also serves as the main office for GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association).The association is the largest sporting organization in the country. You may have seen the stadium before. It hosted the opening for the 2003 Olympics. Musical concerts are also held here besides sports.
Other landmarks to watch for in Dublin:
Aras an Uachtarain
St Patrick Cathedral
Molly Malone Statue
Christ Church Cathedral
Dublin is well known for their art and literature. One of these is the Book of Kells. Love of baroque music also characterizes the city.
The city is also famous for its shopping districts. Several shopping districts can be found in the city. Stephen's Green Shopping Centre is one of them. You can also visit Moore Street. This is one of the oldest trading districts in the city. The city also has a few retail centres. The Square in Tallaght is one of them.
Tourist trips across the city can take a while. So take a comfortable rest in one of their lodging accommodations.
You will find various types of accommodations in the city. Three star to five star hotels, hostels, guesthouses, town houses, farm houses, self catering accommodations, and campus accommodations are available.
So take your time in searching. Find luxury accommodations that suit your needs. Lastly, enjoy your stay there with style.
Transport & Security
Roads run throughout the city. You will see roads crossing on the north, west and south side of the city. So travel within the city is mainly through roads.
You can travel on buses. There are about 200 bus routes available in the city. These routes also serve the suburbs. You can take a Dublin bus to travel across the city.
You can also travel by train. Five rail lines are available at the Dublin Suburban Rail network. There is also the Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART). You can also ride in the Luas. These two tram lines are popular in the city.
Bikes are also available for travel in the city. You can rent one of their silver coloured bikes.
So tour the city on a bus, trains or a bike.
Trivia (Did You Know?)
What does “Obedientia Civium Urbis Felicitas” mean? It is the motto of the city. It is Latin for “the citizen's obedience is the city's happiness.”
The writer of the famous Dracula book came from Dublin. His name is Abraham “Bram” Stoker. Other famous literary figures also came from the city. The creator of Ulysses also came from the city.
You will find a lot more interesting things as you tour the city. So find out more about Dublin. Take a look at the spiral. Know the parks in the city. Discover what Dublin is all about.