Dublin - capital of Ireland
The capital of Ireland, Dublin, when comparedit with the capitals of other countries in Europe, is quite small. But it is the biggest in Ireland. City, the birthplace of Jonathan Swift and Oscar Wilde, will surprise you with its "non-capital" life. There is no conventional skyscrapers. On the contrary, the city authorities have returned the city its historic character, restored historic buildings and streets decorated with parks and gardens.
What is certainly worth a visit? Places myriad. Choose any.
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Largest cathedral of the country, builtexactly on the spot where, according to legend, St. Patrick baptized the people of the country. Dated he XII century. Not far from the cathedral, you will see a broken flower bed. Before the well was there, and the water is used during the sacrament.
Cathedral simultaneously performs two functions. Firstly, it is common to the whole church laid attributes. Secondly, there is a private museum exhibition dedicated to Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver's Travels known. The writer in the XVIII century was the rector of the church. Here he found and his peace. You can see his death mask.
Guinness Beer Museum
It was here that the famous dark beer is brewed"Guinness". After visiting the museum, you can get acquainted with the ingredient composition and, finally, to find out what gives it such a dark color and distinctive taste. Nearby is the home of Arthur Guinness - the man who founded the brewery.
The most interesting, and for which a campaign afoot inmuseum - wine tasting, held on the sixth floor. Dark beer is poured slowly into the mugs, and when it grows on a great froth, it is transmitted to you. Find the museum is very simple. Embark on a hike from the city center. Come, they say the smell, and he will tell you in the right direction.
Built in the XIII century, the castle has always been a hotbed of evil for the Dubliners. And not just that. It took more than seven centuries, the governors of England, whose colony for centuries was the Republic of Ireland.
The modern appearance of the castle almost nothingIt preserved from its historical appearance. Unless Tower Record, and that is the superstructure, dating from the XIX century. The castle was returned to Ireland in 1922 only. Today it was a royal chapel, treasure vault and a chic restaurant. At the time of official receptions, which are not uncommon, the castle is closed to the public.
Spire of Dublin
Officially, the steel needle is called a "Monumentthe world "and is a monument of the highest on the planet. 120-meter spire at night is visible from all points of the city due to the special lighting. It even serves as a beacon for revelers returning home.