Top architectural sightseeing and landmarks of Dublin - ideas on city exploration routes
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St Patrick Cathedral, Dublin
» 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
» 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.
National Museum of Ireland, Dublin
» 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.
Dublin Writers Museum, Dublin
» The extension to the building of the museum houses a cafe and a bookstore on the first floor, and exhibition and lecture halls on the upper floors.
» The Ireland Writers Center is in the next building. The basement of both buildings is occupied by The First Chapter restaurant.
» The museum was founded in order to attract public attention to Irish literature. It acts as a nationwide center complementing museum exhibitions devoted to individual writers such as James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw, William Butler Yeats and Patrick Pierce.
» The museum features works of internationally renowned and local Dublin writers.
Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
» The Museum of Modern Art is one of the most beautiful buildings in Ireland.
» During conversion, glass stairs and aluminum railings were built for needs of the museum. Its space is lit according with exhibits order.
» The museum organizes temporary exhibitions, arranges theatrical performances, concerts and other cultural events.
» The park, the meadow and the medieval burial are also included in the museum complex.
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