I've lived in Dublin for nearly a year now and haven't done most of the touristy crap in town. So with a weekend without plans, no out of town schedule, and no pub crawls to sleep off any hangovers, I decided to walk around town and see a few of the sights.
First stop the book of Kells. I had gone to see the book shortly after moving to Dublin but the line was so long that I ended up not seeing it, as I didn't want to wait that long. This time around the line wasn't as long and took about 45 minutes to make it to the head of the queue.
|I was able to get in line when it was about half this length.|
I paid my 9 euro entry fee, and received my receipt stamped with the no photography allowed label. After that I squeezed into the first room. The "turning darkness into light" room. This room was a darkened room that had some items on display about the history of the famous biblical manuscript and techniques used to make it.
From that room was into the room with the book itself. Incased in glass with its oversized pages and detailed writing, the book is in an interesting piece of history that I would have loved to take a few photos of, but the security guy was right there, and the display case was surrounded by people. And to be honest you could probably get a better view of it online like this one that some must have sneakily taken.
More interesting than the Book of Kells in my opinion is the library upstairs. Just check out all these cool old books, and display cases of cool stuff to see. Students can check out the old books, the rest of us just get to look.
After a quick stop at the Douglas Hyde Gallery where this fine art was on display, and after taking a a couple pictures where I was informed no photography here as well, I began my walk down Dame street to my second stop.
|I can see why they wouldn't want pictures of this fine work to get out|
A quick shot of The Molly Malone statue on the north side of Grafton Street.
The second stop on the walking tour for the day was Dublin Castle, although I use the term castle loosely. I'm assuming at some point there was a castle located here. Now it's a courtyard with a bunch of mismatched buildings. A tower still stands with a small church attached. Other than that, not much of an actual castle to see.
|if you weren't looking, you could almost miss the entrance|
|Chapel on the right, Bedford Tower next to that, The State Apartments in the middle|
Behind the "castle" was an old building called The Old Coach House. Inside was a small gallery with some nice art on sale. Besides having some pretty decent art, it was also nice to be in a place that wasn't wall to wall people.
Anyone who has ever traveled with me knows I love checking out old cathedrals, so my next stop finally resulted in an interesting location. Not far from Dublin Castle is Christ Church Cathedral. A fantastic old cathedral that has switched hands many time between the Catholics and Protestants over the years.
It is also possible to visit the crypt area of the cathedral and get a bite to eat at the little café down known as the Crypt Cafe. Also, it is possible to see the mummified remains of a cat and mouse that were found in the pipes of an organ in the 1800's.
for my last stop of the day, down the street is St. Patrick's Cathedral and the resting place of Jonathan Swift
The Door of Reconciliation
Jonathan Swift was the Dean of the cathedral and did many sermons over his life on the defense of the poor and downtrodden. If you haven't read any of his work I would recommend it.
|cast of his skull|
|his desk mask|
Not a bad day, for actually taking some time to see the sites in the city I am now living.