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City Hall, Dublin

Categories: Government Buildings, Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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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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  • There are two points to visit. The entrance with Corinthian columns which gives way to the traffic circle, nice circular room with statues and dome. In the basement (entering from the side) there is an exhibition - entry free-on the history of the city. Include a sword and a Mace.
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  • Free attraction well worth a visit the exhibition on the Dublin firefighters of 1916 is very good . Tells the story of Dublin from its Viking origins 
  • Very limited exhibit in the Dublin City Hall. In and out in minutes. Not really worth the effort. Lots of other sights to see in Dublin. 
  • Wow amazing the architectural design was amazing. Such a place of beauty
  • Amazing place, just looks stunning.
  • Really nice looking building on the outside. Great helpful staff
  • I really like the building! Looks super nice from Parlament Bridge.
  • Beautiful building, love it.
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