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Townsville, Queensland, Australia
June 2, 2008
From journal Some Dublin Highlights
November 5, 2006
From journal In Dublin’s Fair City
December 16, 2004
Before you enter, there’s the chance to fool around in the photo cuts-outs, and we all posed with our heads and hands through the medieval scenes. Amazing what 50-year-olds will do when they’re let out on their own!
You’ll start the audio-taped tour in the basement and pass through life-size reconstructions of day-to-day medieval activities. There are strange sounds and peculiar, sometimes even unpleasant, smells. One scene has a variety of ancient games that you can have a go at (needless to say, we were all up for that!) and then a chance to wear some of the old headgear. I was quick to try on chain mail, and I have to report that it was blooming heavy. I just wonder how they managed to move around with a full set of armour. There are depictions of the Black Death in the 1340s and the 1534 rebellion, which gave rise to the much-maligned Act of Supremacy (1541).
Go up a floor and you’ll be able to examine the life-size reconstruction of a medieval merchant’s kitchen and study a superbly crafted scale model of Dublin in the early 1500s. There’s a display of some of the excavated relics from the Viking village, discovered in the 1970s, near to the Liffey. This is what I would call a traditional museum layout, and although interesting, lacked luster in presentation.
We went up another floor and saw the magnificent wood-panelled Great Hall, with another presentation relating to medieval Dublin. To be honest, I’m all "museumed up" at this point and have lost interest, but in front there’s the staircase to yet another level. This is quite a climb, but St Michael’s tower (total height of 200 feet) is well worth the effort because it will give you the finest views across the city of Dublin. Take in the views and enjoy the smells that go with the ancient timbers that surround you.
We left Dublinia by the Victorian-covered bridge, which links Synod Hall to Christ Church Cathedral. This Norman church was commissioned in the late 1100s, replacing a small wooden Viking church. It has had to be totally remodeled, following a long period of neglect, and boasts a superb nave with early Gothic arches (look out for the lean on the northern wall). In the chapel of St Laud, tiled with original medieval tiles, a casket contains the heart of St. Laurence - macabre but true. There’s a particularly fine tomb with an armoured clad knight. I thought this was Strongbow, but was quickly put right on that. It was an unknown noble, but not the Norman conqueror.
The cathedral has real atmosphere, and I personally enjoyed this more than Dublinia.
From journal The Museums of Dublin
March 9, 2001
Henry the VIII burned it and it became a Catholic church for awhile. The Crypt below the church, which is open to the public, is one of the largest of the British Isles and is thought to be the oldest surviving building of Dublin.
I happened to be visiting it on a Wednesday where they have evening song at 6pm with a wonderful choir. I highly recommend attending this service if possible. It was a wonderful experience.
From journal Historic Dublin