The Four Courts complex in Dublin houses the four main courts of Ireland: Supreme Court, High Court, Central Criminal Court and the Dublin Circuit Court. The famous architect, James Gandon, constructed this large, impressive building in the late 18th century in the neoclassical style.
It sits along the River Liffey, and can be clearly seen due to it striking large green copper dome which is supported by Corinthian columns. There are also four imposing statues, Mercy, Justice, Wisdom and Moses on the roof below the columns.
The building played a central role in the Easter Uprising of 1916 and also in the civil war of 1922. On both occasions, Republican forces occupied the building. The building was only slightly damaged in 1916 but was nearly destroyed in the 1922 uprising. Many of the historical archives dating back centuries were destroyed.
Restoration did take place but the building was never restored to its former grandeur as planned by Gandon. The exterior walls of the Four Courts still retains bullet holes to remind people of the historical significance of the building.
Admission into the Four Courts is free but you can only enter the court rooms when they are in session. These times will vary so you should check ahead to get more accurate information.
You are allowed to wander around the public areas, the most impressive of which is near the entrance, under the dome. The Four Courts are centrally located to the west of the city center and easily accessible by foot or public transport.
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