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Take a glance at the Dublin of old side-by-side with the Irish capital today. Could you pick out these spots as they looked decades or even centuries ago? Has Dublin changed for the better? There’s plenty of history to be explored here from the founding Vikings to the Irish independence movement. We’ll let you be the judge when it comes to how these changes have left the mark on Ireland’s capital…
Very much at the modern-day heart of the city, College Green sits in front of the iconic Trinity College, stretching towards Dame Street and Dublin Castle, and marking the border of tourist hotbed Temple Bar and shopping district Grafton Street. Here’s how it looked between 1890 and 1900, and today…
Widely regarded as Ireland’s finest educational institution, central Trinity College is an oasis in the heart of the city, and a revered spot for many locals. It dates back to 1592 and was originally modelled on the systems of Oxford and Cambridge Universities in the UK. Trinity was intended to form several colleges, but only ever formed one. Its old library, which looks like something akin to Hogwarts, is now among the country’s most popular tourist draws.
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Here’s one from the annals of history. Dublin was originally a Viking settlement, founded on the banks of the (then much wider) River Liffey back in the 9th and 10th centuries. You can explore a very different feeling Dublin at Dublinia, which traces the Viking roots, and some of the marks of the Viking presence can still be found around the city.