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Since its founding in 1191, this majestic (and somewhat intimidating) cathedral has domin-
ated the modest skyline of central Dublin. In addition to its inspiring architecture and long
history, the cathedral is also notable for the statue of Benjamin Guinness - yes, that Guin-
ness - the brewer and philanthropist who helped renovate the building in the 19 th century.
O'Connell Street
Across the river from the Temple Bar is Dublin's Avenue des Champs-Élysées - O'Connell
Street. This broad avenue through the city center is home to countless shops, restaurants,
and pubs. It's also home to the Spire of Dublin , a 400-foot-tall sculpture in the shape of
a giant glittering needle. The ultra-modern Spire (considered the world's tallest sculpture)
occupies the former spot of Nelson's Pillar, a British statue that was blown down by a bomb
in 1966, marking the symbolic beginning of The Troubles. When the Spire was erected in
its place 30 years later, it was a symbol of peace overcoming violence as Ireland's past
fades into its coming future.
St. Stephen's Green
For a little peace and quiet, it's hard to beat St. Stephen's Green. This large classical garden
is only a couple of blocks from St. Patrick's Cathedral, and its open grassy spaces and pla-
cid water provide an unbeatable backdrop for a picnic or just an afternoon of people watch-
The World's Most Photogenic Beer
(photo by the author)
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