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The Custom House, Dublin

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Architectural Building History Museum
The Custom House is a neoclassical 18th century building in Dublin, Ireland which houses the Department of Housing, Planning 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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  • This stately neoclassical building with columns, porch, cupola and decorated with masks, vases, dolphins and festoons of flowers, coats of arms of the Kingdom of Ireland, all in white marble, except the copper covering the slender green dome. A building really significant paradigmatic of the nineteenth century and Irish. Interesting for lovers of art and architecture.
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  • Very good exhibition, well laid out, very interesting. I learned a lot about architecture & history.  more »
  • This building from 1791 originally had as purpose to collect import duties but since Dublin port further downstream, it was used for local governance. In the years in and around this building rather fought and if you look closely you can see here and there in the facade the impacts of bullets still sit. You can visit free of charge and there are a number of small exhibitions but nothing special.
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  • James Gandon creation.Lovely architecture style.Custom house has its historical landmarks on the bank of River Liffley. Opened for visitors during summer Thursdays and Fridays from 2 till 4 pm
  • We visit Custom House during the new years eve! Really beautiful
  • Beautiful architecture on the Liffey
  • The best view is from the other side of the river. During the night as well.
  • Beautiful building to photograph, especially at night

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Dublin offers everything from luxury hotels to eclectic guesthouses. Explore over 1,000 years of history in the city on foot by staying at one of the hotels or hostels in the city center. The south side of the river has always been a popular place to stay, particularly near Temple University or the tourist nightlife center Temple Bar, but a new crop of attractive options has popped up on the north side as well. For more affordable accommodations, try a hostel or make your way toward St. Stephen's Green for a more comfortable stay at a mid-range hotel. If the artistic spirit of Dublin is what beckoned you, spend your holiday in a guesthouse near the creative Lower Gardiner Street.
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