Dublin is the capital and the largest city in Ireland. The unique European city is one of the most modern and thriving travel destinations in the world. Set beside the shores of curving Dublin Bay, the city has been continuously changing and developing, with historic buildings like cathedrals, churches, Georgian squares, Townhouses, castles and monuments stand alongside the marvels of modern architecture, boasting new hotels, shopping centres, stunning new street architecture and an excellent tramway system. The traces of settlement in the Dublin Bay area date back to the prehistoric times. The reference to the earliest settlements in the area can be found in the writings of a Greek-Roman astronomer, Ptolemy that date back to 140AD. Dublin was established as a Viking settlement in the 10th century and in early 1166 that Ruaidrí Ua Conchobair, King of Connacht, proceeded to Dublin and was inaugurated King of Ireland. The city has been a witness to a glorious history and a vibrant culture, the traces of which can still be seen today. In this enchanting city, one can stumble upon a picturesque fishing village, or be pulled towards the rhythm and the tunes of a busker at a cobbled street corner, or be encapsulated by the lights and the dramatic performances of artists at the Abbey Theatre. The colourful, charming and strangely laid back capital has a perfect blend of a rich Irish culture, Victorian bars, Georgian townhouses, elegant architecture, wonderful museums and galleries, mouth-watering cuisine, mysterious folklore, great restaurants, shopping opportunities, picturesque destinations, panoramic views of the ocean, outdoor activities, adventure sports, a vibrant and thriving Irish culture as well as the traces of its glorious past. With so many attractions and sights, visiting Dublin is definitely a ‘breath of fresh air’.
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