Photocrawling through Dublin’s Temple Bar

No visit to Dublin is complete without wandering through the colourful and cobbled streets of Temple Bar. Not only famous for its pubs and nightlife, it’s also the heart of the Capital’s Cultural Quarter – concert halls, galleries, cinemas, food and craft markets, the oldest theatre, the site where Handel first performed the Messiah… I did a quick walk around, and if I had more time, I could have also waited till dark for the more vibrant night scene. Anyway, feast your eyes on these images.

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20171025_162237bThe guitar sculpture, top right, is a copy of Rory Gallagher’s famous Fender Stratocaster. He used to play in the Temple Bar before becoming famous.

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20171025_145203bGeorge Frideric Handel’s Messiah was originally an Easter offering. It bursts onto the stage of Musick Hall in Dublin on April 13, 1742. The audience swelled to a record 700, as ladies had heeded pleas by management to wear dresses “without Hoops” in order to make “Room for more company.” (Smithsonian.com)

This is Fishamble Street where the Musick Hall once stood.

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20171025_161533b(Background) Smock Alley Theatre, opened in 1662, is one of the oldest theatres in Europe

(Foreground) Viking boat sculpture commemorating Dublin’s Viking heritage.

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Feeling like a student again at Trinity College, Dublin

20171025_115104bMain Entrance of Trinity Coillege seen from the road

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20171025_121317bThe Campanile or Bell Tower, built in 1853, is an iconic landmark but there is a superstition attached to it. If the bell tolls as you’re walking through, you will fail all of your exams, hence, no student even dare does it, bell tolling or not.

20171025_121715bBuilt in 1700, this is the oldest building in the College, now used as Students’ Accommodation.

20171025_132805bCalled the Long Room (at nearly 65meters in length) is the main chamber of the Old Library. Built in the early 18thC, it is one of the most impressive libraries in the world. It houses 200,000 of the oldest books of the library, among them, the Book of Kells.

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IMG_4618bMarble busts of great philosophers and writers of the Western World (all men) line the Long Room.

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20171025_135425bThe Reading Room, open 24 hrs a day, the best place to study your lessons in complete peace and quiet.

20171025_141105bThe University Restaurant looking like a Gallery and Harry Potter’s Dining Hall.
20171025_140520bI wasn’t hungry but ordered a simple bowl of soup just to get that magical “a la Harry Potter” dining experience.

20171025_140626b… and for the price of 2.50euros, I get to enjoy my soup in this glorious Hall.

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They don’t allow photography in the Exhibition, a way of compelling visitors to buy their Book of Kells postcards and books, but I am more clever than that, I think! If photographing the advertising posters is not good enough, I could always download some photos from the internet.