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Culture of Dublin. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Hapenny Bridge at Sunset Dublin Castle is the main historical attraction of the city. The beautiful construction was built during the colonial era. This is a powerful fortification with thick walls surrounded by a high stone wall and a moat. For many centuries the castle has remained an impregnable fortress. Today the territory of the old castle is open to public. Thanks to the fact that during its existence the castle has not been ambushed, the building has survived to this day in its original form. Today the spacious halls of the fortress are used for various celebrations and official meetings. Visitors of the city will be interested in walking in the territory of the castle and looking to its inner premises.
Christ Church Cathedral, President Residence, Dublin Castle, National Library of Ireland, as well as many others, they all become the world's cultural heritage objects and remain as iconic monuments for Dublin … Open
The territory of the fortress is also home to old Gothic church of Most Holy Trinity, which is definitely worth visiting. Speaking of religious sites of the city, we simply cannot fail to mention St. Patrick's Church as this is the largest building of its kind in Ireland. The opening of the church took place in the first half of the 13th century. During its long history the church was repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt. The only element of the buildings that has survived from the very first church is a font, which is located above the old chapel. The church houses many interesting sculptures and monuments, which depict representatives of noble families and famous graphs.
Among the cultural institutions of Dublin National Museum occupies an honorable place. The museum is located in former barracks. These buildings were built in the beginning of the 18th century. The museum exhibits interesting collections of household items, vintage clothing, folklore objects, as well as glass, ceramics and silver. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Travellers usually associate Dublin with cozy pubs and excellent beer. However, gastronomic peculiarities of the city are not limited by these features. In this city vacationers will find … Open
Natural History Museum is a place where tourists will find interesting collections of artifacts. The items exhibited there have been brought from all over the world. Fans of art will enjoy their walk to Museum of Modern Art, which presents the most extensive collection of paintings and sculptures. The building, which houses the museum, was built in the end of the 17th century. Previously it housed the Royal Hospital. The museum’s building is surrounded by an extensive park zone. During hot days both locals and travellers enjoy resting there. This is only a small part of important places of interest that can attract attention of curious travelers.
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Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin

» The Christ Church Cathedral is the main cathedral of Dublin situated in the historic part of the city.
» That’s one of three ancient cathedrals.
» The temple was founded in 1031 by the Viking king Sitrig Silkenberd for the first archbishop of Dublin Donat.
» In 1487 the coronation of Lambert Simnel as King Edward VI was held there; once he unsuccessfully tried to overthrow the King of England.
» The cathedral crypt is the oldest structure in Dublin. It contains treasures of the Christ Church, manuscripts, tabernacle, candlesticks and other artifacts.
» The vast crypt under the cathedral houses works of art on par with a mummified rat and cat that chased it found in the organ in 1860.

St Patrick Cathedral, Dublin

» The St. Patrick Cathedral is the largest cathedral in Ireland.
» Throughout the history, this shrine has always been inextricably associated with the Irish culture. Jonathan Swift, the famous writer and satirist, was the dean of the cathedral from 1713 to 1745; many of his famous sermons and "Irish tracts" were written during his deanship.
» Since 1783 to 1871 knights were accoladed in the Cathedral. The cathedral is still possible to see the emblems of those conferring knighthood.
» The Cathedral is the venue for many public and national ceremonies. Every November there is the Day of Remembrance; the President of Ireland attends the ceremony.
» The Cathedral is the burial site of two Irish presidents; Douglas Hyde in 1949, and Erskine Childers in 1974.
» In 2006, the cathedral took 18 Afghan refugees seeking to obtain political asylum, and housed them for a few days.

The Custom House, Dublin

» The Custom House is one of the main Classical architectural attractions of the Irish capital.
» Its façade is decorated with heraldic images and sculptures by Edward Smith symbolizing rivers of Ireland. The statue on the dome of the building and some other sculptures were created by sculptor Henry Banks.
» At the time, the use of the building for the collection of custom fees has lost relevance, so it was used as the headquarters of the local government in Ireland.
» During the War for Independence in 1921 The Irish Republican Army has burned the building. The original interior of the building was completely destroyed by fire and the central dome collapsed.
» After declaring the independence of Ireland, by the decision of the Government of the Irish Free State the building was completely renovated.

Dublin Castle, Dublin

» The Dublin Castle is the main government complex of buildings in Dublin; it was the main outpost of the British in Ireland in past.
» Created initially as a fortification of the city, the castle has been used for various purposes throughout its history. It was the residence of the king; the castle housed the Parliament and the courts.
» Since 1922 the Dublin Castle served as a court complex for 10 years, and in 1930 it was decided to hold there the inauguration of the President of Ireland.
» In 1938, the castle housed the residence of the first President of Ireland, Douglas Hyde.
» Currently, the castle holds routs of foreign heads of state, as well as foreign delegations and banquets on national holidays; dungeons of the castle are used for concerts.
» The Dublin Castle is open to the public, except cases of public ceremonies.

National Museum of Ireland, Dublin

» The National Museum of Ireland is situated in the heart of Dublin. The museum specializes in Irish art, culture and natural history.
» A rich collection of the National Museum includes prehistoric gold jewelry, Celtic outfits, numerous early Christian jewelry and relics, forging metal and more.
» Clonycawan Man, a well-preserved body of a man of the Iron Age, found in Clonycawan can be seen in the museum. The height of the former was 1.57 cm.
» Ethnographic museum collections were gathered in the farthest corners of the world: Polynesia, South America, West Africa, etc. Collections of applied art and history tell us about the culture of the country and its people over the past two millennia.
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What to visit during two-day excursion in Dublin

Irish Museum of Modern Art
Where: Military Road, Kilmainham, Dublin; Telephone: +353 1 612 9900;
Dublin Literary Pub Crawl
Where: 9 Duke Street, Dublin; Telephone: +353 1 670 5602;
Guinness Storehouse
Where: Saint James’s Gate, Dublin 8, Dublin; Telephone: + 353 1 408 4800;
Trinity College
Where: College Street, Dublin; Telephone: +353 1 896 1000;
National Museum of Ireland
Where: Kildare Street, Dublin 2, Dublin; Telephone: +353 94 9031773 or +353 1 6484 392;
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Culture guide to Dublin. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Dublin: temples, museums, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Dublin. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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