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The Custom House, Dublin

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The Custom House is a neoclassical 18th-century building in Dublin, Ireland which houses the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. It is located on the north bank of the River Liffey, on Custom House Quay between Butt Bridge and Talbot Memorial Bridge.HistoryOriginsA previous Custom House had been built in 1707 by engineer Thomas Burgh (1670–1730). However, by the late 18th century it was deemed unfit for purpose.The building of a new Custom House for Dublin was the idea of John Beresford, who became first commissioner of revenue for Ireland in 1780. In 1781 he appointed James Gandon as architect, after Thomas Cooley, the original architect on the project, had died. This was Gandon's first large scale commission. The new Custom House was unpopular with the Dublin Corporation and some city merchants who complained that it moved the axis of the city, would leave little room for shipping, and it was being built on what at the time was a swamp. Purchase of land was delayed and proved exorbitant and the laying of foundations was disrupted by the High Sheriff and members of the Dublin Corporation with a mob of several thousand. However, Beresford was determined to complete the project and ignored the protests.
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  • We were walking along the River Liffey on Custom House Quay and had passed the Famine Memorial when we came across the Custom House. It is large structure with a dome atop it. Interesting architecture...  more »
  • This is a great architectural building in heart of city next to River Liffey. The building is wide and gives a great view from outside during day as well as night and is an eye catcher. Its worth a wa...  more »
  • This neoclassical building from the 18th century, lies on the banks of the River Liffey and was built to be the headquarters of the Customs of the port of Dublin, but with the passing years and changing the port, the function on this site became unfeasible, the building came to be used as the seat of Government, it works currently the Ministry of the environment , Heritage and Local Government.  The facade consists of two pavilions and in the Center there is a Doric portico. There is also, in the keys of the vaults, sculptures of faces that embody the main rivers of Ireland and the Atlantic Ocean: Lagan River, River Lee, River Foyle, River Boyne, the Shannon River, River Erne, River Nore, River Suir, River Barrow, River Bann and River Slaney. Only the River Liffey is represented by a woman whose sculpture above the main entrance. Unfortunately you can't come to visit, but admire it from the outside is sensational!
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  • I Just love my home Capital. & love our Customs house. thanks. and welcome folk from abroad. there's tons left to see. welcome to Dublin. Ireland !! +bless you all. Stephen corbally . oh "sorry" Enjoy your stay. +
  • I really like this building ... my father worked in it many years ago and as I child I visited it on a regular basis.
  • Impressive building. Unfortunately didn't get to see inside.
  • Goverment Building used in adds (Guinness at Christmas) and movies (Mrs Brown's Movie)
  • Occasionally allows public tours on culture night.