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With its unique atmosphere, Dublin is a city where life intertwines with art.
Dublin is situated in a basin where the River Liffey meets a patch of the Atlantic Ocean known as the Irish Sea, an area simultaneously in the foothills of emerald green mountains with myriad shades of green. As you stroll through Dublin’s bustling streets, the city’s historic houses, built in the traditional architectural style, create a warm atmosphere with their colorfully painted doors.
Life in Dublin’s streets is buzzing and full of surprises, and curious onlookers are mesmerized by the many street musicians, magicians, and other artists displaying their fascinating skills.
One of the city’s most vital hubs, O’Connell Street and Square make an especially good destination for a stroll. This part of town also boasts numerous examples of the Georgian style buildings that lend Dublin its classical appearance.
These buildings went up during the reigns of England’s Kings George I and George IV (1714/1830), and the central post office in particular, one of the city’s cultural icons, makes an ideal backdrop for a souvenir photograph.
Dublin is also a city of art and entertainment 24/7, where for many Dubliners a stop after work at one of the pubs that have come to symbolize Ireland is de rigueur. Pub crawling is a way of life in Ireland, for casting off the day’s weariness by chatting with friends and listening to local Irish music.
Dublin places prime importance on museums and museology, and the National Museum of Ireland and the Irish Museum of Modern Art top the list of the city’s must-see venues. Dublin is also rich in theaters with plays
CITY OF LITERATURE
Literature and the many world-famous writers who have lived in the city immediately leap to mind at the mention of Dublin. James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift, Seamus Heaney, William Butler Yeats, and George Bernard Shaw are just some of the renowned writers Dublin has produced and given to world literature.
A significant work of architecture in its own right, Dublin Writers Museum on Parnell Square near the city center is a very special place for imbibing the spirit of this city.
The Temple Bar area is one of Dublin’s most vibrant and dynamic centers. A popular venue with tourists, it is a district boasting scores of exhibitions and contemporary art and culture centers as well the Temple Bar cafe and numerous pubs.
In short, Dublin is an extraordinary European city of non-stop art, culture and entertainment 24/7 where the pace of life never slows, the music never stops and surprises await you on every corner.
Symbol of Ireland, the shamrock naturally symbolizes Dublin as well. Legend has it that St. Patrick, who brought Christianity to the island in the 9th century, also brought with him shamrock seeds which he scattered on Irish soil. A Saint Patrick’s Festival is held in Dublin every year March 16-20.