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The city of Dublin is spread over the broad valley of the River Liffey, with the Wicklow Hills sheltering it in the South. It has many splendid public buildings and is particularly rich in architecture from the eighteenth century. Most of the architecture in the city is Georgian (1720-1830s) and Victorian (1838-1901). There are many Georgian mansions which provide the city's streets and squares with elegance and character. Many of the principal buildings of the city are neo-classical. Modern buildings in the city centre are evident but rare, the most obvious being Liberty Hall.

Dublin Spire

The Dublin Spire which was completed in 2003 is probably the most prominent piece of architecture in the city. Standing one hundred and twenty metres tall, it is by far the tallest structure in Dublin City Centre. The Spire was the winning entry in an architectural competition to provide a replacement for Nelson's Pillar which was blown up in 1966.  

Links and Resources

  • An Bord Pleanala An Bord Pleanála
    An Bord Pleanála was established in 1977 under the Local Government (Planning and Development) Act, 1976 and is responsible for the determination of appeals and certain other matters.. more »
  • Irish Architecture Irish Architecture
    Provides detailed information on buildings of Ireland, Architects, Irish Georgian Society, urban design Ireland and much more. more »
  • OPW Office of Public Works
    From the 1670's to the 1820's Irish public buildings and works, civil and military, were constructed and maintained by the Office of the Surveyor-General, by the Barracks Board...more »
  • Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland
    The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, founded in 1839, is the representative body for professionally qualified architects in Ireland. The RIAI's qualifications for membership are... more »
  • UCD UCD School of Architecture
    The UCD School of Architecture, Landscape and Civil Engineering is home to our university’s community of staff and students engaged in research, teaching and learning on many facets.... more »

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