Dublin is the capital of Ireland. The city was founded at the beginning of the 9th century on the east coast of the island in the Delta of the River Liffey on the shores of Dublin Bay. Dublin is considered one of the most ancient cities in Western Europe. There are many historical sights here. In the city center is the 13th century St Patrick’s Cathedral which is the largest church in Ireland. It was here that Saint Patrick baptized the locals. The Cathedral houses the remains of the famous satirist Jonathan Swift, who was abbot of the monastery in the 18th century.
In the southern part of the city, Trinity College is also of interest.. Trinity College was founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592. The main attraction of the complex is the sacred manuscript of Kells, which is kept in the Library. This book was written in 800 BC. e., making it one of the oldest in the world. The university library is the largest in Ireland.
Be sure to visit Fifteen Acres Square, where duels and fights once took place. Temple Bar is surrounded by many restaurants, pubs and shops.
According to Top-mba-universities, in Dublin there are many museums – the National Museum (founded in 1890) with exhibits that date back to 2000 BC; the National Gallery, which contains more than 2,000 paintings, among which is an interesting collection of Italian art; Museum of Heraldry and Dublin City Museum. The building of the State Concert Hall, made in the style of classicism, is very beautiful.
Dublin is famous for its public parks, the most famous of which is Phoenix Park, located next to the residence of the Irish President. It is located in the western part of the city and covers an area of 712 hectares. Here, along open grassy meadows, you can walk along 3 footpaths and sit on the shores of small lakes. The park is home to the Dublin Zoo.
Around Dublin sandy beaches are located in the coastal region, of which Balbriggan is the most popular.
South of Dublin on the coast of Dublin Bay is the city of Dun Leary. Of interest here are Town Hall (1880), the obelisk Royal St. George, which was erected in 1845 in honor of King George IV, the church of St. Michael Church, in the building of which the State Maritime Museum is now located. The collection of this museum has an old longboat, which in 1796 participated in the invasion of Ireland as part of the French squadron.
On the south coast of the island you can visit the city of Waterfjord. Many buildings from the 18th century have been preserved in the city, such as the City Hall (Municipality) and the Bishop’s Palace. In the Waterfjord is the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity (Holi Trinity Kasidral) with beautiful interior decoration. The city is also famous for its crystal products. In 1783, a factory was opened here, where vases, bowls and crystal souvenirs were produced. A museum has been opened at the factory, where you can get acquainted with the products of the factory.
West along the coast in the Delta of the River Lee lies the city of Cork , the second largest city in Ireland. Its center is an island between the branches of the Li River. Historic landmarks in Cork are located north of the river in the Shendon area. Of these, the Protestant Cathedral of St. Finbarr, the city museum and the 19th century Prison are the most famous. Not far from Cork is Fota Wildlife Centre. More than 70 species of animals live here, including zebras, giraffes and antelopes.
South of Cork on the coast is the city of Kinsale. The entrance to the city harbor is decorated with two forts that were built in the 17th century. Desmond Castle from the 15th century is interesting in Kinsale. At first it was used as a Customs building, later it became a prison, and today the Wine Museum is open here.
In the southwest of the island is the city of Limerick with King John’s castle. Now the castle houses a museum with collections of weapons. City of Limerick became known to the whole world, thanks to the five lines composed here – limericks.
Not far from Limerick, it is worth visiting the village of Adir. There is a castle with a magnificent park. Also interesting is the Abbey, which was founded in 1315. The abbey is located on the banks of the Maikue River and is surrounded by pastures. The local Church of St. Nicholas belongs to the Irish Church and is always open to the public. Also in the Abbey is the mausoleum of the Earl of Dunravin, under which it was restored. Galway is located on the west coast of Ireland.. Here it is worth visiting the Church of St. Nicholas (1320) with a pyramidal spire and the Spanish Arch left from the old city. Not far from the city coast (48 km) are the Aran Islands – Inishmore (the largest of them), Inishman and Inisheer. The first Christians of Ireland began to settle in these places, and even now they continue to follow the ancient traditions of the people on the islands and speak the Gaelic language. Massive stone forts that were built by the first settlers are interesting here. The most popular fort is Dan Aengus. About 430 species of plants grow on these islands.
From Galway you can head north to Westport. In its vicinity, on a peak with a height of 765 m, stands the Church of St. Patrick, which is a place of pilgrimage for Christians. It is believed that Saint Patrick stopped on this mountain during his campaigns around the island and spent 40 days here. Not far from here, near the city of Nok, there is another place of pilgrimage. It is said that here on August 21, 1879, the Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph and Saint John appeared at the local church.