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Dublin City Hall is located next to Dublin Castle and a prime example for the Georgian architecture Dublin is known for. It was previously the Royal Exchange, built between 1769 and 1779 by architect Thomas Cooley.
Its original purpose was to create a space where Dublin's businessmen could meet and discuss as well as trade. The building boasts many neo-classical features such as the entrance hall, or Rotunda, with a large dome supported by twelve columns designed by Simon Vierpyl. It is surrounded by an ambulatory where the merchants could stroll around and socialize.
In 1851 the Act of Union had devastating effects on Dublin's economy and the Royal Exchange was closed. The City bought the bui... read more