Dublin: Discovering Irish History

Ireland has a history full of different epochs that are explained in the monuments and museums you find while you are walking through Dublin streets. The Vikings Era, the Protestants and the War of Independence in 1919 are some of the most known elements of the complex history of this country. But Ireland is much more.

THE CASTLE. Vikings, soldiers, kings and judges have lived in this incredible building situated in the heart of the city. Now, its main visitors are tourists that want to admire the magic corners that hide Dublin Castle such as the Throne Room or St. Patricks Hall. Although there are parts that from the street do not look like a castle, do not distrust its outside aspect, it was rebuilt after a fire in 1684 but indoors it is perfectly preserved. HISTORY IN A FUNNY WAY.  When I travel to a new country I like to do research about the place I am visiting and Dublin offers an amazing opportunity to do this in a funny way. Dublinia is a history museum that explains mainly the Vikings and the Middle Age periods with recreations of everyday situations such as how the houses were in these epochs or how poor people lived in these ages. An easy way to understand the Irish history, really recommended for children. CHURCHES. St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Christ Church are the two most important churches in Ireland. The first one was erected in Ireland patron’s honor, St. Patrick, who, around the year 450, baptized converted people in a well close to the point where the cathedral was going to be built. The second one is the oldest protestant church in Dublin and hides under it an amazing crypt with a great café. It has 19 bells; the oldest was built in 1038. UNIVERSITY EXPERIENCE, Samuel Beckett, Oscar Wilde or Edmund Burke studied in Trinity College, the eldest university in Ireland, situated in Dublin Centre. Spend some of your time walking through the campus of this amazing place full of history and do not forget to visit the breathtaking library and the Book of Kells. FANCY A BEER? You cannot leave Dublin without tasting a pint of Ginness. You can do it in any pub but I encourage you to try it in the Guinnes Storehouse where you will discover what is behind this famous drink. If you like Guinness you will enjoy the visit, and if not, you will start loving it.

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