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6 monuments you have to see in Ireland

Ireland is known for its incomparable natural landscape, in which green mountains and rocky cliffs that meet the sea are the protagonists. But the truth is that there is much more to see in Ireland beyond its natural spaces. In an island rich in culture, in history and, therefore, in monuments. We are going to visit some of them that are especially significant.

1. Spire of Dublin, one of the most curious monuments to see in Ireland

Spire of Dublin – David Soanes

Nothing better to start by going to the capital of the Irish Republic, Dublin, where we will find the Monument of Light, a 120 meter high steel cone. It is possible that this description does not sound very attractive to you, but the good thing will come when you are on your feet and look up to the sky, you will understand what is so special about this monument.

You’ll think the sky is falling on you, well create in your mind a vertiginous and 3D image that will not help you to be able to separate reality from what is not. It is in a very central area, which will allow you to visit other places O’Connell Street, the widest street in Europe. In this street surprises are guaranteed, because the diversity of people will not allow you to get bored.

2. Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham Gaol–matthi

This building was used as a jail since it was built in 1796 and high leaders of the country’s independence were held there. A short time later came the well-known Irish famine, caused especially by the potato shortage, which prompted people to commit crimes so that they could be jailed and have something to eat.

It closed in 1924 and today, the building is a museum where you can see what the prison was like and part of its history. This is, without a doubt, one of the things to see in Ireland, although the visit is overwhelming.

3. Ha’penny Bridge

Ha’penny Bridge – PlusONE

This bridge is, without a doubt, the first image that comes to mind when we think of Dublin. It is not for less, since it is very crowded even by the Irish in the area. It is a beautiful white-painted pedestrian bridge that connects the Temple Bar neighborhood with O’Donnell Street.

When it was built, Ireland was still part of Great Britain, which is why it was made in England and then transported by ship. It became famous for the toll you had to cross it, half a penny, hence its name. Walking through it will be an experience, because nearby you will find musicians, painters and all kinds of people who walk or chat.

4. Glendalough Monastery

Glendalough–Arndale Monastery

Glendalough is considered one of the most beautiful corners of the country. In the area of ​​the monastery there are two lakes in the middle of a green and leafy valley that grant a unique view when you observe the stone remains of the monastery with that landscape in the background. All this makes it a place full of peace and tranquility, which is why the monks settled there.

 

“Once you have traveled, the journey never ends, but is recreated over and over again from display cases of memories. The mind can never let go of the journey.”

-Pat Conroy-

5. Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas

Galway Cathedral – By

A long name for one of the most beautiful temples in Ireland. Galway Cathedral impresses with its high vaults and central dome, that do not go unnoticed by anyone.

A beautiful but modern building, since its construction is from the mid-twentieth century. With the river very close and the organ music coming from inside, an unrepeatable scene is formed that will fill your mind with peace and relaxation. Cross the Salmon Weir Bridge and immerse yourself in the magic of Galway Cathedral.

6. Clonmacnoise

Clonmacnoise – Maurizio Callari

East it is a collection of towers, tombs and ruins dating back to the early days of the Celts in Ireland. Although there is not much information on the origin of the ruins, it is a sight worth seeing. It will make you feel like you are stepping on another world, a world out of another era.

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