It was my first time in Ireland and I did not expect I will love this country so much. If I need to compare England, where I live now and Ireland, I would probably choose Ireland. And I fall in love with the city of Dublin. Such a lovely, not a big city full of history, good bars, and amazing nightlife; and btw student-friendly.
HISTORY IN THE CITY
Dublin has so many historical sites in the city center. I have been to Dublin one day and one night. We walked around downtown. We checked Dublin castle, St. Stephen´s Cathedral, Trinity Old College,… Because Dublin was founded by Vikings, you can visit Dublinia – a historical recreation museum focusing on the Viking and Medieval history of the city.
I remember when I studied history, we were reading all semester different scripts from different centuries. When I entered to exhibition Turning Darkness into Light, all memories came back.
The Book of Kells is a manuscript written in Latin and contains the four gospels of the New testament. It was created by Early Christian monks around 800 before Jesus. It is for sure the masterwork of Western calligraphy. If you know history, you know what I am talking about. I enter just to see the Long room, but it is so much more. I was impressed! We stayed for 2 hours because it was so interesting and worth it all the money.
The main chamber of the Old Library is Long Room. At nearly 65 meters in length, it is filled with over 200.000 of the oldest books and it is said it is one of the most impressive libraries in the world. When you enter the room, you can see old figures and magnificent arches and ceiling.
Some interesting facts:
- On the side of each oak pillar is a line of letters. Just the letter J is missing. Why? Because there is no J in Latin.
- On a number of the books in the Long Room, you can see the white tape. Cotton tape is used to tie up old books with detached boards. They take care of old books and want to “save” as much as possible.
- And the most interesting are secret passageways in each bookcase in the gallery on the upper level. If you stand back against the rope and look up, you ould say bays between each bookshelf appear to be separate, one closed off from the next. But no, there are secret passageways cut out of the bookshelves.
Other treasures in the Long Room include one of the few remaining copies of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Declaration.
Today, Trinity College has 17.000 undergraduate and postgraduate students across all the major disciplines in the arts and humanities, and in business, law, engineering, science, and health sciences.
I do not like beer indeed, but it is a must to go to the biggest production of Guinness in the world. The storehouse tells you a story that started over 250 years ago, telling the history that goes into making every pint of this famous beer. You will learn about ingredients, transport, and advertising. You will also taste the beer and in the end, you will learn how to pour your own perfect pint of Guinness in the Guinness Academy. And at the end, you will enjoy 360° view over the city in the Gravity Bar
TEMPLE AREA AND TEMPLE BAR
We had a hostel really near Temple are – 5 minutes walking distance. It is a popular area at night and also in the day. It is full of different bars with traditional live music, storehouses, and some shops. It is a sin if you do not go out and have a party in the Irish bar. Everybody is dancing and singing. What I love the most is Irish dance. Actually, a couple of years ago, I attended classes of Irish dance with my best friend.
We started a walking tour from pub to pub. First, we went to the storehouse for a dinner with beer and of course live music was not missing. We visited also the most famous one – TEMPLE BAR. I love nightlife here.
For shopping – famous main street Grafton street is full of brand stores and it has good city vibes.
I had a really great time in Dublin. These attractions were my top ones and I was really looking forward to visit. I cannot wait to be back and explore also North of Ireland. Till then, I am sending you kisses.