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The Dublin Castle And Its Courtyards

Mar 13, 2008
The Dublin Castle is among the most important structures in Ireland. In 1210, it was built on the orders of the first Lord of Ireland, King John. Over the years, the Dublin Castle has evolved from a defensive fortress to an administrative center and a vice-regal court. It has suffered from several destructions, but the worst attack made against it was in 1534, when "Silken Thomas" Fitzgerald, a courtier who had relinquished his loyalty to the English Crown, led an uprising.

The Dublin Castle has faced many changes, not only physically, but also in terms of the governing powers that resided within it. The castle has stood for centuries and has been constantly repaired, refurbished, and kept in the state that it is at present. Unlike before, the use of the castle is now primarily for ceremonial purposes. Tourists are free to go around the courtyards, luxuriant state apartments, and museums within it.

The Castle is located in Dublin Center along Dame Street. It is comprised of several courtyards and buildings that originate from different times in the history of Ireland. The Dublin Castle is home to some of the oldest architectural styles in the country. Here are some of the main features of the castle that you should visit:

1. St. Patrick's Hall

A trip to the Dublin Castle would be pointless if you don't visit St. Patrick's Hall, which is one of the famous halls in Ireland. This hall, which is dedicated to the patron saint of the country, the paintings on its ceilings was done by Vincenzo Valdre that showcases different events in Irish and British history.

2. The Throne Room

The Throne Room also has its share of extraordinary artwork and architecture. It is the most majestic state apartment in the castle that used to serve as the chamber for Irish Monarchs. In it are four ornaments made by Gaetano Gandolfi that depict Mars, Juno, Jupiter, and Minerva.

3. The Chester Beatty Library and Gallery

In 1999, one of the finest collections of Oriental art in the world that is owned by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty was moved into its galleries.

4. State Drawing Room and State Dining Room

The State Drawing Room used to be the receiving room, but it is not used as an entertainment area for foreign dignitaries. The State Dining Room dates from the initial construction of the castle.

5. The Bedford Tower

This clock tower dates from the 18th century. Its base is the Norman gate of the castle. The Irish Crown Jewels - a diamond Badge and the St. Patrick Star - were stolen from this tower in 1907 and unfortunately were never recovered.

6. Garda Siochana Museum

This museum is located in the Record Tower, which is what only remains of the original castle. It showcases a detailed history of the Irish police force.

If you are considering a visit to Dublin, make sure to include the Dublin Castle in your itinerary. Note, however, that the apartments are closed when there is a national ceremonial or a visiting foreign dignitary, so you have to check in advance.
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