Ireland's Ancient East: Capital Dublin
Posted by Neil Hand on the 1st of July 2016 at 17:03:59
The final part of the Ancient East series leads us to Dublin!
Nowadays Dublin is a modern and vibrant city but it also has a rich history. Learn about the Irish History and explore its traces thanks to ancient buildings. Also you can experience history by going to a pub – having a pint of Guinness is tasting history and meals in pubs are most likely as traditional prepared as they were over hundreds of years ago.
The following shall give you a few suggestions how explore Dublin’s past the best. You can freely decide!
Trinity College is one of the most visited sites in Dublin and it is really worth it! Founded by Queen Elisabeth I 1592 for male protestant students only it is still used for accommodation and studying. By visiting the famous Old Library, you can see the Book of Kells and the Long Room that includes tons of books and one of four original medieval Brian Boru harps! Take a look around and enjoy the old buildings that are filled with stories about wisdom and friendship, failing and rivalry.
One of the oldest buildings in Dublin is Dublin Castle which was built in 1204 as a fortification and from then on served a lot of different purposes including being the seat of English government of Ireland. The only surviving part from the 13th century is the impressive Record Tower but the Castle was rebuilt and it can be visited! Explore the State Apartments where many Royals and important politicians stayed during their visit to Dublin including Queen Elisabeth II and President Obama.
Dublin Castle is located in an area that is called Medieval Quarter. The area also contains Christ Church Cathedral and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Christ Church was originally founded in the 11th century by the Vikings, was then rebuilt and extended by the Normans. In the 16th century part of the roof and walls slipped and the Church was declared unsafe. Legend has it that the abandoned Cathedral was misused by an illegal distillery until it was finally renovated around 1850.
Take a break in Dublin’s old Temple Bar Quarter, home of arts, fashion and drinking. On the weekends stroll around the book market and have lunch in a pub.
If you would like to visit another medieval castle, go to Malahide.
Malahide Castle was built by the Talbot family and they extended the 12th century building constantly. Nowadays the Castle is open to the public and every hour there is a guided tour showing the oldest parts of the Castle and giving interesting facts about living in this building. Also the Dining Hall includes the famous painting of the ‘Battle of the Boinne’ that the Talbots supported.
In the evening take a walk through Dublin and you will see most of the Georgian and Victorian buildings being illuminated – most likely in green.
This is the ending of your short trip to Ireland’s Ancient East - but it can be only the beginning to your visit to Ireland as the Emerald Island has much more to offer!
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