Every city has its signature building or structure. London has the Houses of Parliament. Barcelona has the Sagrada Familia. Rome has the Pantheon and the Colosseum. New York has the Empire State Building. Dublin also has a fair share of magnificent architecture that screams “Dublin!” at visitors. Here are some of the more popular Dublin architecture:
After being a burnt-out hulk for many decades, the Customs House has been perfectly restored and is now dominating the Liffeyside. Unfortunately, however, it is somewhat invisible from Dublin downtown as some bright minds built a railway bridge next of it.
The Campanile of Trinity College
The Campanile of Trinity College is an architecture in Dublin that has produced a million postcards. The solitary campanile is the center of Trinity College’s inner courtyard. If you want to have a different view, photograph the bell tower from the direction of the Rubrics.
The Four Courts
The Four Courts are another official Dublin buildings, which was almost destroyed during the 1916 Easter Rising. They have been excellently restored and are best appreciated from the Liffey quays. You may want to enter the tourist’s gallery and view the interior. Taking photos, however, is not allowed here.
The Spire is another great Dublin architecture. the highest freestanding monument in the world. Officially known as the Monument of Light, it is a 390-foot (120-meter) high stainless steel structure that resembles a needle. It is situated on the site of the original Nelson’s Pillar on the famed O’Connell Street. Popular nicknames of this Dublin monument are “The Stiletto in the Ghetto”, “The Needle”, or “The Spike”.
The Guinness Brewery
You may smell this Dublin brewery before you see it on very calm days. The Guinness Brewery greets visitors with thick yeasty odor, which might make you either sick or smile. The best view for most tourists is the entrance of the Guinness Hopstore museum. But we suggest that you try the National Museum’s (Collins Barracks) front lawn for a better view.
Dublin Castle is not your typical castle. With a wild medley of designs, the castle has grown organically for centuries. Particularly interesting are the beautiful courtyard, the Record Tower, and the neo-gothic chapel. Because of its sprawling but yet hemmed-in city location, you can only properly view this Dublin architecture from the air.
The General Post Office
The General Post Office was severely damaged in 1916. It regained its grandeur following an extensive restoration. This Dublin architecture is perhaps the only noteworthy building standing on O’Connell Street. One of its historical importance is that it is where Patrick Pearse declared the Republic at the beginning of the Rising. The building was burnt down and Pearse was executed.