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City Hall, Dublin

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The City Hall, Dublin, originally the Royal Exchange, is a civic building in Dublin, Ireland. It was built between 1769 and 1779 to the designs of architect Thomas Cooley and is a notable example of 18th-century architecture in the city.OverviewLocated at the top of Parliament Street on the city's southern side, it stands next to Dublin Castle, the centre of British government in Ireland until 1922. The street had been built in 1753, providing a continuation of Capel Street on the north bank of the Liffey, across the newly widened Essex Bridge, and so the exchange ended (and still ends) a long streetscape.The external structure is primarily made out of white Portland stone from a quarry in Dorset. The large size and fine fittings of the Royal exchange, with carved capitals by Simon Vierpyl, and plasterwork by the leading stuccodore Charles Thorpe, reflect the standing and prestige of Dublin in the 18th Century. The neo-classical building contains a central entrance hall or Rotunda, with a large dome supported by twelve columns which is surrounded by an ambulatory where the merchants strolled and discussed business meetings.The function of the building was to provide a meeting place for Dublin's businessmen, where they could buy and sell goods and trade bills of exchange. It was also close to the then Customs House that stood on the site of today's Clarence Hotel, making it convenient for overseas merchants. The cost of building the exchange was met by the Parliament of Ireland, and this is reflected by the initials "SPQH", standing for "Senatus PopulusQue Hibernicus", meaning "The senate and people of Ireland" (an Irish version of SPQR).
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  • Not a lot to see for a tourist. But you can stop in and look around for a few minutes. Good location in the historic area with lots of food traffic.  more »
  • Dublin City Hall is right next door to Dublin Castle but ironically thousands of people pass right by it without even stopping in. This museum is free but has several interesting exhibits about the hi...  more »
  • We actually went to see the castle, but it was quite expensive and we didn't have a huge amount of time. next to it was the City Hall - a brilliant building which is an architectural wonder. In the ba...  more »
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  • Wait, this is overrated! Just go if you are nearby, but otherwise it is not worth it! You can only see the ground floor which is actually kind of empty (at least when I was there). Architecture is stunning though!
  • Lovely spot in the centre of Town that covers the history of Dublin. The rotunda is stunning
  • Wonderful semi hidden gem. Exhibition on history of Dublin on ground floor is fascinating. Great place to start exploring Dublin from.
  • Absolutely stunning venue. Got married here and the staff went far beyond their required duties to make the day perfect. Cannot praise them highly enough.
  • This is a civic building in Dublin. It is a great example of 18th century Irish architecture and a must-visit.