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The Spire

The Spire, also known as the Monument of Light and the Millennium Spire, is a contemporary structure, towering 394 feet over O'Connell Street in Dublin.

The winning entry in an architectural competition, it was completed in January 2003 and is the tallest structure in the centre of Dublin, by a very long way.

The Spire was created to replace Nelson's Pillar, which had stood there since 1808, honouring Admiral Lord Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar, until it was blown up by the Irish Republican Army in the dead of night in March 1966.

After this, Nelson's head was held to ransom by a group of students and even appeared on stage at a Dubliners' concert, but now rests in peace in Pearse Street Library if you would like to visit.

The Spire is a slender conical structure made from stainless steel, three metres wide at the base and coming to a point at the top, perforated and illuminated with countless LEDs.

It is almost surreal, changing colour chameleon-like depending on the time of day. By night it is satin black, at dawn and dusk it has a blueish hue. In full sunlight it more resembles a computer simulation than a solid object, reflecting passers-by on its surface.

The Spire is a fabulous, uplifting contrast to the stone buildings of Dublin and truly fulfils its function to symbolise a bright new millennium for the city.

It is impossible to miss — but you would not want to miss it anyway!


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Temple Bar Hotel

13-17 Fleet St Temple Bar, Dublin
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in City Centre Dublin, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Bank of Ireland, The Book of Kells and Trinity College. O'Connell Bridge and Ha' Penny Bridge are also within 5 minutes. Abbey Street Station is 5 minutes by foot and Jervis Station is 7 minutes.

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    Arlington Hotel O'Connell Bridge

    Arlington Hotel O'Connell Bridge

    23-25 Bachelors Walk, Dublin, Dublin
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is steps away from The Spire, O'Connell Bridge and Ha' Penny Bridge. Abbey Theatre and General Post Office (GPO) are also within 5 minutes. Abbey Street Station is only a 3-minute walk and Jervis Station is 5 minutes.

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        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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          Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin

          23 Upper O Connell Street, Dublin, Dublin
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in City Centre Dublin, this romantic hotel is steps away from Rotunda Hospital and O'Connell Street. Garden of Remembrance and Parnell Square are also within 5 minutes. Abbey Street Station is 5 minutes by foot and Jervis Station is 9 minutes.

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            Academy Plaza Hotel

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            10-14 Findlater Place, off Upper O'Connell St, Dublin, Dublin
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is steps away from O'Connell Street and Gate Theatre. Dublin Writers Museum and General Post Office (GPO) are also within 10 minutes. Abbey Street Station is 7 minutes by foot and Busaras Station is 10 minutes.

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              The Morgan Hotel

              The Morgan Hotel

              10 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin, Dublin
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Trinity College and Dublin Castle. Christ Church Cathedral and National Gallery of Ireland at Merrion Square are also within 15 minutes. Abbey Street Station is 6 minutes by foot and Jervis Station is 6 minutes.

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                Jurys Inn Dublin Parnell Street

                Jurys Inn Dublin Parnell Street

                Moore Street Plaza, Parnell Street, Dublin, Dublin
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in City Centre Dublin, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Rotunda Hospital and O'Connell Street. Garden of Remembrance and Parnell Square are also within 5 minutes. Abbey Street Station is 7 minutes by foot and Jervis Station is 8 minutes.