The City Hall, Dublin, originally the Royal Exchange, is a civic building in Dublin, Ireland. It was built between 1769 and 1779 to the designs of architect Thomas Cooley and is a notable example of 18th-century architecture in the city.Plan to see City Hall and other attractions that appeal to you using our Dublin online holiday planner .
Located at the top of Parliament Street on the city's southern side, it stands next to Dublin Castle, the centre of the British government in Ireland until 1922. The street had been built in 1753, providing a continuation of Capel Street on the north bank of the Liffey, across the newly widened Essex Bridge, and so the exchange ended (and still ends) a long streetscape.
The external structure is primarily made out of white Portland stone from a quarry in Dorset. The large size and fine fittings of the Royal exchange, with carved capitals by Simon Vierpyl, and plasterwork by the leading stuccodore Charles Thorpe, reflect the standing and prestige of Dublin in the 18th Century. The neo-classical building contains a central entrance hall or Rotunda, with a large dome supported by twelve columns which are surrounded by an ambulatory where the merchants strolled and discussed business meetings.
The function of the building was to provide a meeting place for Dublin's businessmen, where they could buy and sell goods and trade bills of exchange. It was also close to the then Customs House that stood on the site of today's Clarence Hotel, making it convenient for overseas merchants. The cost of building the exchange was met by the Parliament of Ireland, and this is reflected by the initials "SPQH", standing for "Senatus PopulusQue Hibernicus", meaning "The senate and people of Ireland" (an Irish version of SPQR).
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Situé au sous-sol de l'hôtel de ville historique de Dublin, un petit musée présente l'histoire de la ville, les panneaux sont très intéressants et permettent d'avoir une compréhension synthétique. more »Located in the basement of Dublin's historic town hall, a small museum presents the history of the city, the panels are very interesting and allow for a synthetic understanding.
E' esattamente come nel titolo. E' il centro politico ed amministrativo di Dublino ma è anche un bellissimo edificio storico con un pantheon monumentale al suo interno. Bellissime le statue dei Grandi... more »It's exactly like the title. It is the political and administrative centre of Dublin but it is also a beautiful historic building with a monumental pantheon inside. Beautiful statues of the Great Irish and magnificent the vault
Small but nice exhibition in the city hall of Dublin. The entrance is free. There is a little coffee corner in the exit of the exhibition. As a souvenir you get fabric bag with city of Dublin logo printed on it. Recommended if it is in your route. The city hall entrance itself is very impressive.
Beautiful and iconic place, one of the must see on the map of Dublin. It won't t take much time to go through small exhibition but the main feature here is a XVIII century's neo-classical architecture, beautifully decorated dome shaped ceiling with omvredible plasterwork and majestic columns. Also super fancy and modern glass & brass lift, you feel almost like in the space ship. It's a very popular venue for weddings, official and corporate events, so it maybe closed for the public from time to time.
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