Dublin Castle is the Irish capital’s most distinct fortification, that nowadays doubles as the seat of the Government of Ireland. Entire epochs of human inhabitation splice and weave between each constituent structure: we’ve the unyielding Medieval starkness of the castle ramparts and turrets; the unabashed foreboding of the Gothic church; the ardent neoclassicism of the Garda museum; and the cobbled courtyards flanked by the towering windows evocatively reminiscent of the Enlightenment; and of course the bold, glass modernism of the Chester Beatty Library.
Although administrative functions by necessity make part of Dublin Castle out of bounds to the public, its cobbled courtyard, museums, library and chapel are all must-see destinations for tourists. While the external beauty finds frequently applause as a tasteful panoply of architecture, the many stories told on tours of the site, and exhibits and things to be learned within, make this place crucial for any visitor thirsting to grasp the heart of Dublin’s history.
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