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Dublin needle: photo description (Spire of Dublin)

As in many ancient cities, the capital of Ireland, Dublin monuments of ancient architecture in harmony with the monuments of our time. A great example of this is the so-called Dublin Needle.

The official name of the monument - the Monument of light. Although it was built only in 2003, it already has history, and it can be called dramatic. The fact that in 1808, on O'connell street, the main street of Dublin, was erected a column in memory of Admiral Horatio Nelson. On the top of the column was the statue of the Admiral. The column is very similar to the famous Nelson's column in Trafalgar square in London. In March 1966, the monument was blown up by Irish militants. Fortunately, nobody was hurt, but the Dubliners believe that the city has lost much of its originality, because Nelson's column was one of the recognizable symbols of the city.

In 2003, this place was a new monument in the form of needles with a height of 120 meters. Base diameter is 3 meters, the top - 15 see the Monument is made of stainless steel. In 1999 began large-scale reconstruction of the Central streets of Dublin, and install the Needle was part of the modernization project of the town centre. This project won the international contest, which was announced by the then mayor of Dublin. The project was created in the workshop of the architect Ian Richie, and the creators of the monument describes his creation: "Elegant and dynamic simplicity that connects art and technology".

In the evenings the monument is illuminated, creating a unique spectacle on the night sky.