Dublin Castle is situated in the historic heart of Dublin City, Ireland. In fact, the city gets its name (from Dubh Linn, meaning the Black Pool) from the waters which were situated where the gardens (pictured foreground) and Coach House stand today.
In the 930's a Danish Viking fortress stood on the site. The viking settlement of Dyflin (a corruption of Dubh Linn) quickly became the major trading site for slaves and silver in Ireland. Eventually, the viking invaders were defeated at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014 by the Irish leader Brian Boru.
However, niether Irish nor Viking could withstand the Norman invasion of 1169, at which time the vikings were ejected and the Normans became the new rulers of Dublin. In 1204, King John of England commanded the creation of a larger, stronger castle for the safety of the city, and safe custody of treasure. This was completed in 1230 and the great courtyard corresponds closely with the Upper Castle Yard of today.
The south eastern Record tower, (pictured here on the right) is the last intact medieval tower, not only of Dublin castle, but of the entire city of Dublin. It functioned as a high security prison and held native Irish hostages, and in Tudor times, priests and religious figures.
Today, the castle is regarded by many as more of a palace, with its sumptuous gilded rooms and corridors, and luxuriously appointed furniture and artwork. The castle is open to the public who can enjoy the history of the castle by guided tour, the castles gothic chapel, the wonderful Dubh Linn Park, and the Chester Beatty Museum which is home to one of the finest collections of manuscripts, miniature books, fine arts and rare books in the world.
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marcan44 (6223) 2012-05-13 10:09
impossibile non commentare positivamente questa bella panoramica del castello di Dublino e di questo invitante prato verde.
delpeoples (48634) 2012-05-15 0:21
Ahh I have some good memories of my backpacking days visiting this castle. It has a pretty impressive and mixed history too. Your note is excellent. Beautiful strong colours and sharpness. I like the patterns in the lawn in the foreground. I probably would have cropped the image up to the first pattern in the foreground, giving more focus onto that graphism and also to that of the castle, but this is of course a personal choice, which is no doubt different for one viewer to the next. Thanks for sharing, have a beaut day.
worldcitizen (5619) 2012-07-15 19:56
I like the strong colors in this photo, and the architecture, especially the tower of the castle. It's interesting that other, newer buildings are so close to this older one. I also like the grassy foreground and lovely sky.
You have a wonderful gallery, full of history and beautiful architecture. Here in NYC there is an Irish Hunger Memorial. It is an actual stone cottage that was relocated from Ireland. It is a lovely cottage with a sad history. Some photos of your gallery remind me of that memorial...
CanmoreKevin (2111) 2012-08-17 19:26
In western Canada, we drool over buildings that have so much history attached. I find this really interesting for its very distinct bits and pieces. The brightly coloured portions don't even look terribly out of character. Very nicely composed.
mkamionka (27073) 2012-09-05 13:27
you have captured this lovely place in a great sunlight producing pleasant vivid colors. I always wanted to do that but never was so lucky. Nice presentation. I remember taking the tour of this castle and watching the square from the castle... I like very much Chester Beatty Library. Very interesting place.
jcpix (6544) 2013-02-16 17:50
This caught my eye right quick from the thumbnail image! The solid colors and bold shapes presented in this composition are amazing. It almost looks like someone put together a large scale Legoland section of town, this is really neat. The brightness and clarity only makes all of the elements even more pronounced and interesting. I would generally think that this much foreground wouldn't work well, but this one does, especially due to the color contrast it gives to the other parts of the scenery. Maybe if anything a small crop along the bottom portion, but still, very effective as is. Bravo!
Miguel82 (14464) 2013-08-14 7:59
I like that view of Dublin castle Noel,
The exposition and the colors are excellent