Dublin (Baile Átha Cliath in Irish), is the capital of the Republic of Ireland since the Middle Ages, is located on the east coast of the country and is the largest city in Ireland. It was founded by the Vikings more than a thousand years ago, on the banks of the River Liffey. Dublin has a long history and a major cultural tradition. Some examples of this heritage we find them in the monuments and architecture of the city, Trinity College, opened by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592, many such examples of Georgian architecture, such as the famous doors of Dublin. In addition, this is the city of important writers such as James Joyce (his famous novel "People of Dublin"), George Bernard Shaw and Oscar Wilde, as well as Guinness. Dublin is the perfect destination for English classes for a vacation in the "capital of the pub", where they were born famous bands like U2.
Dublin is the capital of Ireland. Cosmopolitan city, home to more than a third of the people in Ireland, but it remains a city on a human scale and young, with 50% of the population under 27 years. Dublin is also recently became the capital of information technology in Europe.
Dublin is divided in two by the River Liffey.
The area south of the River Liffey is the oldest part of the city, with the church of St. Patrick (dating back to 1190), the cathedral of the Church of Ireland. This is also the entertainment area, with the Temple Bar area, the neighborhood pub and artists, and Grafton Street shopping, and Saint Stephens Park, with its lake (one of the places where you can enjoy summer concerts). This is also where the Trinity College, the most prestigious university in Ireland, founded in 1592, the parliament, and the most important museums of the city: the National Gallery of Ireland, the National Library, the National Museum of Ireland.
To the north of the River Liffey is O'Connell Street are examples of Georgian architecture (brick red colored doors) and the Abbey Theatre in George Bernard Shaw. This is the least interesting from the point of view of art and entertainment, but more related to the recent history dela city.
The center of Dublin is all to explore on foot.
What to visit
Just outside the town is Phoenix Park, with its 700 hectares is one of the largest urban parks in the world. The park is the privileged place for picnics, contains a zoo and the home of the president.
In Dublin there is also the establishment of Guinness: Guinness Storehouse is one of the attractions "top" of Dublin (and a pint of beer is included in the ticket price).
Trinity College is the university's most prestigious island, founded in 1592. E 'famous for the Old Library, which houses a large collection of manuscripts. The most important of these is the Book of Kells, an illuminated Gospel of the ninth century. The Book of Kells and other treasures are on display in the Long Room. To see the Book of Kells you pay for, but to visit Trinity College and his courts do not pay anything.
Irish Museum of Modern Art: Free admission.