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Cultural sightseeing in Ireland. What to visit - museums, temples, castles and palaces

Ross Castle, Killarney National Park, Kerry Ireland is one of the most popular countries for sightseeing tours. There is an unimaginable number of historical sights in the country. Its capital, Dublin, is one of the oldest cities in the world. Almost all counties of Ireland have preserved ancient castles. These are Klothen, Bunratty, Donsoghlai, Carrickfergus, Clonony, Blarney, and the rock castle of Cashel. Some of them turned into high-class hotels, which are very popular among tourists. Seats and castles of the Vikings are even more ancient. One of the cities built by the Vikings in the 10th century is Waterford. It is located in the south-eastern part of Ireland.
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The main government building of the country is Dublin Castle. King John Lackland ordered to build it after the Norman attack. Nowadays, Dublin Castle is used for conferences and meetings of the first persons of states. If there is no governmental session in the castle, tourists are allowed to visit it. The heart of the county of Tipperary is the castle of Cair. The building is well preserved even though it was built in the 12th century. There is a museum, where you can see a very spectacular miniature, Taking the Castle of Cair. It consists of one thousand soldiers figurines. There are the library and museum of Chester Beatty, which shows thousands of manuscripts from different eras from around the world. Fragmentary manuscripts of the Qur'an of the 8th century are also displayed there.
The Castle of Cashel was the residence of the ruling family of Munster. It was built in the 4th century. A hundred years after its foundation, the legendary Saint Patrick preached there. During the Cromwell invasion, the castle became a symbol of the unconquerable will of the Irish. Now, you can see a lot of residential and office buildings in its place. Dublin can boast with the largest temple in all of Ireland, St. Patrick's Cathedral. One of the abbots of the cathedral was the famous creator of Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift. The center of the Catholic and Anglican archbishops is the Cathedral of Christ. It was founded in 1031. This is an exceptional age for such a building. Copyright
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The most beautiful Dublin botanical garden is located on 25 hectares. It is also called the Green Heart of Dublin because of its location in the very city center. There are more than 20 thousand various plants collected around the world. Bunratty Castle is a real treasure of Ireland and one of the main attractions of the country. Walls of the fortress have perfectly preserved. The environment of the 15th century survived there too. Dublin has several incredible museums, including the Guinness Storehouse, the National Maritime Museum of Ireland, the Museum of Dublin, and the National Leprechaun Museum. In the Museum of Dublin, guests of the country can plunge in the country's history. An acquaintance with the culture of brewing in Ireland is waiting in the Guinness Storehouse.
Kinvara Galway Ireland One of the most notable buildings is the residence of the Tudor family - Clonony Castle. A fifteen-meter tower surrounded by picturesque gardens and a moat is amazing. The castle retains military engineering elements, which include hinged loopholes, a spiral staircase, and a courtyard. In the 5th century, Saint Patrick had proselyted the Irish to Christianity. Since then, a huge number of abbeys have been built. The Mellifont Abbey is located by the Mattock River near the town of Drogheda. The famous Kell Abbey it is only an hour's drive to Dublin. In 1592, Queen Elizabeth I ordered the construction of Trinity College. That’s the oldest Irish university. Famous writers as Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, and Jonathan Swift were its graduates. The complex of the 16th century is now in excellent condition. There are cobbled squares and amazing university campuses. The Book of Kells, which was written in the 8th century and is considered one of the world's oldest manuscripts, is kept in the Trinity Library.
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Adare Castle

From the series “Ireland's Greatest Castles”
Adare Castle is located in County Limerick in the historic village of the same name. According to available historical data, this castle was founded by members of the O'Donovan Clan in the late 12th century. Its founders were the rulers of the region during that period. The historic castle has been in disrepair in recent years. Restoration work has been carried out in it since 1996. The castle is available for visiting as part of organized excursions in the summer.

Many halls and additional buildings have been preserved in the castle even though it was in disrepair for many years. You can walk around the spacious outer courtyard during the tour. Fragments of ancient Banquet Halls are preserved in it. These halls were located on the very bank of the river. The most significant … Read all

Ross Castle

From the series “Ireland's Greatest Castles”
The beautiful Ross Castle is located in the vicinity of Killarney. It has been the ancestral seat of the O'Donoghue Clan since its founding. This castle is located within the Killarney National Park. An important natural attraction is located in the immediate vicinity. This is Lough Lene Lake. The castle was built in the 15th century. It is considered a striking example of medieval architecture typical of Ireland. Strong fortification walls and round corner towers are preserved in this castle. The building looks unique against the background of the surrounding landscapes.

The tour of the castle is incredibly interesting and informative. Unique handmade oak furniture has been preserved in it. Local craftsmen made it in the 16th-17th centuries. Ancient works of art adorn some of the … Read all
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Top cultural sites of Ireland: monuments, theaters and churches

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin

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» 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.

Dublin Castle, Dublin

Location on the map:     Interesting facts:
» 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.

Dublin Writers Museum, Dublin

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» The Dublin Writers Museum is located in the building of the 18th century, where the exposition, library, gallery and administration are situated.
» 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

Location on the map:     Interesting facts:
» The Irish Museum of Modern Art was opened in 1991 in the old building of the Royal Hospital constructed in the 17th century.
» 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.

National Museum of Ireland, Dublin

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» 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.

St Patrick Cathedral, Dublin

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» 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.

Culture and monuments in popular cities of Ireland

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 … Read more
Another notable medieval structure is Lynch's Castle dating back over five hundred years. It has repeatedly changed its status throughout its entire history. The castle had served as a prison for a long time, and today the prominent medieval building is occupied by one of the city's banks. Lynch's Castle is considered one of the Galway's most spectacular Gothic-style architectural monuments. Originally it belonged to a rich Irish dynasty, but today everyone can visit the castle's ground floor … Read more
After a walk through the old fortress, visitors would be invited to see the surrounding region and go down to the shore of Lough Leane - these places are striking in their splendor. Trips to the Innisfallen Island located in the middle of the lake are very popular. On the island there are also a number of important historical sites, including the ruins of the Muckross Friary Abbey. This building was also constructed in the 15th century, but only a small part of the construction has remained … Read more
An interesting collection of artworks is kept within the castle walls. One of the most unusual exhibits is an antique bed that weighs a ton. It was carved from a large solid stone by local craftsmen in the middle of the 19th century. The Dolls' Museum can be found on the ground floor of the castle. On the same floor, you can also check out an exposition dedicated to the history of railway development. A very interesting historical site is the old Eisenhower Pier that was opened in 1896. … Read more

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