I am writing about travel so I can share my experiences with my readers to make their traveling a little easier; also, because I am very spiritual, every week I will share a little magical secret for free to help you along your path.
Dublin was founded over 1,000 years ago by Viking conquerors, it is a city with a
long and vibrant past. Remnants of this past can be seen all over the
city, and visitors will find a wide variety of fascinating places to
explore. Dublin is a very compact city and you can walk to almost everything. So here are a few places that you should see.
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Ireland's largest church and the National Cathedral - this special
status was conferred on a church where no bishop actually has his seat!
Founded in 1191 by Archbishop Comyn the building was substantially
renovated between 1844 and 1869 by Sir
Benjamin Lee Guinness. Visitors will find a neon-gothic cathedral
with some older parts. You will also find the graves of Dean Swift
("Gulliver's Travels") and his beloved Stella.
Well, not a traditional castle in English style, Dublin
Castle is the "Irish Stew" of castles, a little of this and a little of that. The original Viking fortress was expanded, renovated, torn down
and rebuilt over the centuries. Today a massive tower and the Royal
Chapel look medieval while all administrative buildings are in more
modern styles. The defensive character is gone but the beautiful gardens
and impressive state rooms make more than up for it.
The world's largest enclosed municipal park can keep you busy for days -
from the magnificent residences of the Irish President and the
Ambassador of the United States to the quaint cricket and polo fields,
from Ashton Castle to the Garda Headquarters and from the herds of deer
roaming free to the animals in Dublin Zoo. Do not miss the Phoenix
Statue and the Papal Cross nearby. Martial history is emphasized by the
massive Wellington Monument and the much-raided Magazine Fort on Thomas
Ireland's National Gallery is a "must see" for anyone interested in
Irish and European art. Opened in 1864 it has around 500 major works of
art on display - among them Hogarth, Gainsborough, Poussin, Monet,
Degas, El Greco, Velasquez, Goya, Picasso, Titian, Caravaggio, Brueghel,
Vermeer and Rubens. Especially strong on Irish artists and Irish
portraits the National Gallery has recently been expanded by the
"Millennium Wing". You will find it at Merrion Square West and right in the center of Dublin.
Trinity College and Library
Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I on the grounds of an Augustinian
priory that was a victim of the dissolution. Trinity College dominates the city landscape and the oldest buildings (the brick-built
"Rubrics") date from 1700. Most of the impressive buildings were built
during the renovation phase of 1759. Trinity College Library is home to
more than an million books and priceless manuscripts, the most famous
being the "Book of Kells" - expect long lines in summer.
Dublin Writers Museum
Many famous Irish writerscame from Dublin. This museum is dedicated to Irish literature and lives of James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw and many other famous Irish names. The museum is located in an 18th century house which also raises the feeling of the history.