Museums in Dublin

Museums in Dublin

Dublin Museums

Dublin has a rich history and a lot of monuments to show for itself. The prosperity of the British Empire in the 18th century can still been seen in some mansions. An important monument is the general post office on O'Connell Street where Patrick Pearse, James Connolly & Michael Collins acclaimed the Independence of Ireland in 1916.

The Chester Beatty Library

European Museum of the Year 2002 Irish Museum of the Year 2000.
The Library bequeated to the Irish nation in 1956 by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty contains approximately 22, 000 manuscripts, rare books, miniature paintings and objects from Western, Middle Eastern and Far Eastern cultures. There are over 270 copies of the Koran among the Islamic manuscripts, including illuminations by some of the greatest master calligraphers and 2, 700 Arabic texts.

There is a very fine collection of Turkish manuscripts and paintings. The Library has particulary good collections of Biblical material, which includes Syriac, Armenian, Ethiopian and Coptic texts, also early Western Bibles and Books of Hours. Of international importance are the Biblical Papyri dating from the early 2nd to the 4th century A.D.

Admission: Free
Open: Monday-Friday 10am-5pm (May-September), Tuesday to Friday 10am - 5pm (October-April), Saturday 11am - 5pm and Sunday 1pm-5pm (all year)

Free guided tours at 3pm and 4pm on Sundays and 1pm on Wednesdays Facilities include restaurant, giftshop, wheekchair accessible, roofgarden.

The Chester Beatty Library
Chester Beatty Library
Dublin Castle
Dublin 2
Ireland
Tel: +353 (1) 407 0750

Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle is the heart of historic Dublin. In fact the city gets it name from the Black Pool - 'Dubh Linn' which was on the site of the present Castle Garden. The Castle stands on the ridge on a strategic site at the junction of the River Liffey and its tributary the Poddle, where the original fortification may have been an early Gaelic Ring Fort. Later a Viking Fortress stood on this site - a portion of which is on view to Visitors at the Undercroft.

The largest visible fragment of the original 13th century Norman Castle is the Record Tower. Beside it is the early 19th century Gothic revival Chapel Royal which was recently restored and features particularly fine plaster decoration and carved oak gallery fronts and fittings. The Great Courtyard contains the principal buildings of the post medieval Castle which formerly housed the viceragal administration. The south range houses the magnificent State Apartments which were built as the residential quarters of the viceregal court.

Dublin Castle
Dublin 2
Ireland
Tel: +353 (1) 645 8813

Bank of Ireland

This centre of 20th century commerce is one of the most striking of Dublin's 18th century buildings. Built in 1729 to house the Irish Parliament, it became redundant when the British and Irish Parliaments were united in London, when the Irish Parliament voted itself our of existence.

It would be a shame to leave our noble city without spending a few moments in one of Europe's most unique chambers, the Irish House of Lords where the Irish Parliament once sat in this magnificent chamber with woodwork in Irish oak, you can see the 18th century tapestries, and a sparkling Irish crystal chandalier of 1233 pieces dating from 1765.

Bank of Ireland
2 College Green
Dublin
Ireland
Tel: +353 (1) 677 6801

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