Thursday, March 17, 2011

Dublin, Ireland

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!! Staying with the holiday theme, I decided to adventure to Dublin, Ireland. Dublin is located on the eastern coast of Ireland and serves as the country’s capital. Dublin is also located at the mouth of River Liffey, which runs through the city. The city is home to over 1 million people and embraces its history dating back to the era of the Vikings in the 12th century.

Dublin has many landmarks to visit and enjoy while you’re visiting this unique city: let’s get right to them!

Staying on topic with the holiday, the first landmark in Dublin to see is St. Patrick’s Cathedral. This church was raised in 1191, but the present building seen in Dublin was built in between 1200 and 1270 then fully restored in between 1860 and 1900 by the Guinness family. The current building is still the largest church in Ireland. The cathedral serves as the National Cathedral and attracts 300,000 visitors a year!

St. James’s Gate Brewery was founded in 1759 by Arthur Guinness. He leased the establishment for 9000 years for £45 a year…talk about a deal! The Guinness Storehouse, a converted brewing factory, is Dublin’s most popular tourist attraction. The Storehouse is a Guinness museum which you can take a tour of the 7-floor exhibit and end it at the top floor, called the Gravity Bar, with a free pint of the Guinness Draft Beer.

The Spire of Dublin, officially named The Monument of Light, was finished in 2003 in replacement of Nelson’s Pillar. The monument is 121.2 meters tall (398 feet) and shoots up straight to the sky as the tallest sculpture in the world!

Dublin is famous for its hearty cuisine, beer and whisky, and breathtaking sites to see especially on St. Patrick’s Day! With unique places like these, who can stay away?

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