Dublin Sites

I have been to Dublin before.  This time though, I wanted to be sure to participate in specific tours and IMG_0024detailed viewings of historic sites.  Specifically, I visited St Peters Green, St Patrick’s Cathedral, and Dublin Castle.  All three of these places had one thing in common, Guinness.  Its seems that Guinness in some way participated in the history of all three of these sites.  I visited St Stephens green on a run when I first arrived. It was a very peaceful setting, built in a way that provides silence and reflection in an otherwise busy city.  Two outer paths surround an inner pond and numerous statues.  It covers a large plot of land and provides a welcome shortcut for commuters and running area for tourists.

After catching my breath and a warm shower, I ventured off to St Patrick’s Cathedral.  This Cathedral is breathtaking.  Though not as physically impressive as the cathedral in Canterbury UK, it does demonstrate a rich history of faith in the local culture.  Built in the 12th century, it is said to be built on the same plot that St Patrick performed baptisms in the 6th century.

Initially I had planned to view the cathedral from the outside and perhaps view the inside for a brief amou nt of time.  However, given the weather and that I am not in Dublin everyday, I chose to cough up the 6 Euro to do the full self-guided tour.  Well, I spent nearly three
hours in St Patrick’s Cathedral.  I would recommend it to anyone that has any slice of in terest in history or Christianity.  Though self-guided, the exhibits, displays, provide a very independent viewon its history.   I read every word of the displays and was taken back on the beauty of thearchitecture.  I was interested to learn the rich history of its both Catholic and protestant moments, but humbled to know that it opened its chapel doors to faiths of all denominations.  It demonstrated the true meaning of what Christianity is supposed to be – acceptance of others.  I was less impressed by the Dublin Castle tour and question my payment of 6.50 Euro to view some old furniture and fancy recreated rooms.

Though the outside of the building/castle it doesn’t fulfill the stereotypical “castle” feeling.  Many of the rooms were not original, but recreations of pre-fire stages.  That said, it was quite a substantial feeling, standing in the same rooms that were and still are used for state events.  Standing in rooms that were used to welcome kings and queens, Presidents and military leaders.

However, beyond this feeling of royal nostalgia, there was not  much to be impressed with.