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September 8th, 1999 – by: lorenzmartins
Dublin Castle: In the IX th century the Vikings built a hill fort on the site of the current castle and this was replaced with a Norman castle in 1204 on the orders of King John.
The Castle was badly damaged by fire in 1684.After the XVII th century the castle was a palace for the Viceroys of Ireland and English Kings and Queens until the end of British rule in Ireland in 1922.Above the main entrance archway stands the statue of justice.The castle is still used for elections and official state events often involving Heads of State, including the inaugurations of the Presidents of Ireland.
Dublin Zoo is set in 30 acres of grounds in Phoenix Park with over 700 animals and tropical birds.
The Guinness brewery founded in 1759 by Arthur Guinness.
The World of Guinness exhibition is an audio-visual show about the history of Guinness, its advertising and a model Cooperage and Transport Museum.
Tours are not of the actual brewery but there are with huge copper vats and pipes to see. Guinness is said to taste better from the brewery and the tour ends with a pint of Guinness in the bar.
Phoenix Park, with its 700 hectares, is one of the largest parks in the world. Formal gardens, grass , lakes and mature deciduous trees. It is used by the the irish people for a wide range of recreational pursuits and sporting activities e.g. motor racing, cycling, roller blading. The flower garden is 9 22 acres. Deer are found in the park, a zoo and a visitor centre all in a castle.
The US Ambasadors residence, Garda Siochana headquarters and the Ordinance Survey offices are in Phoenix Park.
St Patrick's Cathedral is the largest church in Ireland. A wooden church was built on the present site in the V th century when Ireland's patron saint, St Patrick, baptised his first Christian converts at a well on the site. The present church dates from the XII th century.
There are many religious and military artefacts, Ireland's largest organ, and statues of Jonathan Swift and Douglas Hyde, Ireland's first President.
When an argument between two Norman earls, was resolved, a hole was cut in a door to shake hands - this event took place in 1492 and the hole still exists.The cathedral ha a musical tradition with St Patrick's Choir School which was founded in 1432.
Trinity College was founded in 1592 and is the oldest university in Ireland. The university currently has c. 10,000 students and is a popular tourist attraction as well as a thriving University. The university campus has many interesting buildings, including the Printing House, and the Dining Hall.
The Book of Kells which contains the Latin text of the four gospels decorated by Irish monks in the year 800 AD. The book is included in an exhibition in the Treasury room, visitors can then visit the Long Room which contains some 200,000 of the library's oldest books.
Than, in Dublin you can have lots of fun: it's a city full of young and crazy peole that just wanna have fun.Pubs one close to the other such as the Temple Bar, for the best Dublin pub culture has to offer.
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