Dublin: Trinity College, Temple Bar and St. Patrick’s Cathedral

After dropping off our luggage in the hostel, we quickly headed to our first visit of the day; Trinity College. 

Trinity College is the oldest university in Dublin; it was founded in 1592. Today, it’s still in operation and the most interesting place to visit in this university is most definitely the library with the famous Book of Kells. This book dates back to the ninth century and contains the four Gospels of the New Testament together with various prefatory texts and tables. The library itself is also such a beautiful room with many other world-changing books.

When you do visit Trinity College, I do really recommend taking a student guided tour. They’ll tell you a bit more about the history of the school and how it was constructed. It lasts only half an hour, so it’s not too lenghty. This costs 13 euros, but the entrance to the Library is also included (which is already 10 euros).

Next we headed to the Temple Bar District. Every Saturday, there is a tiny book marketheld where you can find some amazing second-hand books for a great price. I had expected it to be a bit bigger, but still, it was nice to browse a bit.

A bit further down the road, you can also find the Food Market, where you can buy all kinds of food. We had a delicious raspberry scone, but when we were there, there was also a stall with Mexican food, fish, cheese and much more. Once again, not that big, but it served for a lovely food break.

Our final actual visit for the day was the St. Patrick’s Cathedral. For only six euros you can visit this beautiful 43-metre high Gothic church. It was built in 1191 and is also the oldest church in Dublin.

This isn’t like most churches I’ve visited before. It’s much more sober, but definitely not less beautiful. Definitely worth a stop.

Satisfied by this, we headed for a quick Burger King dinner as we were both tired from a day travelling and wanted to head back to the hotel pretty soon. Still, we couldn’t stop ourselves from walking alongside the Liffey for a while, past the Custom House, to the Famine Memorial. This is a memorial for the Irish people who died and had to emigrate during the Irish Potato Famine in the nineteenth century.

And then it was time for some much needed rest. Our wake-up call for the next day was also 5:30 am as we had planned to cross Ireland to go see the Cliffs of Moher.

More about that soon!

Until next time,

With love, Ellen

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