Tuesday, June 24, 2008
The Irish capital, with its approx. half a million inhabitants, beguiles with its charm, culture and a unique setting. Nestling in magnificent, unspoilt scenery and surrounded by hills, the city is only a stone's throw away from wild coastline and the untamed sea, a combination few other cities can match.
This former medieval castle dates back to the 13th Century and was a symbol of English rule in Ireland for hundreds of years. After fires in the 17th Century, the imposing building was redesigned in a mixture of Georgian, Classical and Neo-Gothic styles and thus lost some of its castle character. However, the Record Tower dating from Norman times and the State Apartments are still well worth a visit. Both complexes are surrounded by the remnants of the original castle walls and may be visited as part of a guided tour.