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 the 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 are 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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  • City Hall is perched high above Parliament Street and is the original home of Dublin City Council. It’s free to enter and do so you can enjoy the beautiful dome from the inside. It can be rented out f...  more »
  • Austere building of the city of Dublin. No great beauty outside but, magnificent interior. We can't enjoy as we wanted to, because it was to be made a party inside. If you can enjoy the view, on a short visit that will regret it.
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  • Hey it's good to see it's free but that's if you could not do sleep you have not missed much
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  • A small museum in the basement which is quite interesting. I liked the advertising of the Jacobs crackers over the decades. Take the elevator, it is an attraction all by itself. The hall itself has an impressive dome. Even if you do not feel like visiting the (free) museum, look inside for the dome and the statues and the tiled floor
  • 1) Museum The exhibition itself is ok. It is with multimedia which is nice. But it needs a refresh. Sometimes the audio is not loud enough sometimes too loud. In the round hall the acoustic is bad as you can hear multiple audio streams. The software at the touch displays is not made for touch. 2) Cafe: It has good prices for Dublin. I did not expect that in the city hall.
  • First off, this is city hall, what do you want? This is a small hidden gem that has an exhibition on history of Dublin on ground floor that is pretty cool.
  • Gorgeous interior well worth a marvel at! Really beautiful floor, ceiling, skylight and artwork.
  • Beautiful establishment. The exhibition is a must see. Very well presented.
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