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Explore the rich history of Dublin

March 1, 2011 - 2:28am
Dublin Castle
When visiting Ireland, the first place one may think of to visit is the capital city of Dublin. This is an excellent place to start, as it is a vivacious town filled with wondrous history and a beautiful countryside. Simply strolling through its streets will afford visitors picturesque sights of Georgian townhouses and nearby peaceful green gardens.

There are a number of important buildings to look out for downtown, including Trinity College, which holds the famous Book of Kells. It consists of four Gospels written by Celtic monks for the New Testament of the Christian Bible. Tourists can also get a good look at the 18th-century architecture in the beautiful Bank of Ireland building, which is a former parliament house, as well as the Leinster House - the meeting hall of the current government.

Vacationers should also make sure to stop by the Dublin Castle, a 13th century structure that was first built for John, Lord of Ireland, and went one to house several different rulers. Another famous sight nearby is the Gothic-era St. Patrick's Cathedral, which is the largest church in the country.