From its majestic cathedrals and handsome Georgian squares to its Modernist gems and coastline of Martello towers, Dublin is blessed with an abundance of landmarks. Here are 10 highlights the Irish capital has to offer.
Originally Kildare House, Leinster House was the palatial home of Ireland’s senior peer James FitzGerald, the Earl of Kildare. FitzGerald called upon German-born architect Richard Cassels to design a mansion of scale and grandeur that would reflect the Earl’s prominence in Irish society. While FitzGerald took a gamble by building his home on the unfashionable south side of Dublin, other prominent figures swiftly followed suit. When the Earl was made the first Duke of Leinster in 1766, the residence was renamed Leinster House. It was such an influential building that the first and second floors were used as a model for the White House in Washington DC, designed by Irish architect James Hoban. The house was eventually sold to the Royal Dublin Society in 1815, and since 1922 the building has been the home of the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament).
The Irish Life Centre was Dublin’s first major mixed-used development, designed by one of the country’s most prominent Modernist architects, Andy Devane. Smack-bang in the heart of the city centre, the building’s stand-out feature is Oisín Kelly’s Chariot of Life copper-bronze sculpture, which sits at the front of the centre on Abbey Street. The building overlooks the 1960s Liberty Hall office block and Dublin’s first skyscraper, which was due to be demolished but was spared when planning permission was overturned in 2012.
Additional reporting by Charlotte Luxford.