It is said that the English name Dublin is derived from the Irish name Dubh Linn which means black pool. However, many historians do not like this etymology because the contemporary Irish name Baile Átha Cliath city is not Dubh Linn. The most impressive objectives you could visit in Dublin are:

 

  • Ireland’s dominant brewery: Founded by Arthur Guinness in 1759, covers an imposing area to the west of the Christ Church cathedral. Not surprisingly, the most famous and visited tourist attraction.
  • The Chester Beatty library: Houses a unique collection of ancient scrolls, rare books, valuable manuscripts, most of them having several hundred years old, Irish image collections and publications, works of Chinese art, Japanese, Indian and some biblical texts and Christian writings.
  • The Dublin Castle: It was built in the thirteenth century on a colony of Vikings. He served the role of the military fortress, prison, treasury, justice court and eventually the chair of English Administration in Ireland for 700 years.
  • Castle Malhide: It was both the city and home almost 800 years. Generations have lived here since 1185 and until 1973 when the last Talbot died. After his death it became a museum. Extensive gardens of the castle on almost 250 acres that can be seen even today were created by Milo Talbot between 1948 and 1973.
  • Christ Church cathedral: The cathedral dates from the XI century but it has been the subject to major renovations between 1871-1878. The construction has some impressive stone carvings, broken arches and stately columns. Very interesting is the crypt, which is older than the cathedral, and is open to visitors.
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral: It is dedicated to the patron saint of Ireland, is the largest cathedral in the country’s National Cathedral and Church of Ireland. St. Patrick is the one who brought Christianity to Ireland. The present building was built in 1220.
  • City Hall: Overlooking the Liffey at the top end of Parliament Hill in Cork Street, Dublin City Hall is located in a Georgian building built between 1769 and 1779. The building was designed by Thomas Cooley. 12 columns surround the round center, which has floor mosaic and 12 historical murals by Irish legends.
  • Dublinia: It is located at the junction of St Michael’s Hill, St. Patrick, and High Street in central Dublin. It organizes three permanent exhibitions which show you what life was like in medieval Dublin.
  • Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery: The gallery impresses with its collection of Irish art and works of great European artists. The presented works include some signed by Renoir, Degas and Monet.
  • Bram Stoker museum: A spooky tour through the life of Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula.

 

In recent years, Dublin has become a modern city but it has preserved much of its history. The city’s infrastructure has reached the European level and is continuously developing.

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