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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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  • Lovely view of the dome from the inside. The mosaic art on the floor is also something to marvel at.  more »
  • Visiting Dublin as a tourist can be expensive, lucky for us they've put on a fantastic free and interactive exhibition in the city hall. The space was clean, the staff were friendly and the exhibition...  more »
  • We spent far longer than we intended at the exhibition as there was so much to look at. Well displayed including interactive computer type displays for children. The rotunda building upstairs is also ...  more »
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  • Highly recommend walking inside and checking out out. Also they always have events on
  • Wow amazing the architectural design was amazing. Such a place of beauty
  • Free and beautiful. A must see.
  • The place is great I got to see the city hall
  • Amazing place, just looks stunning.