Dublin 01

Dublin Skyline with Samuel Beckett Bridge and the River Liffey, Ireland

Dublin Skyline with Samuel Beckett Bridge, Ireland

Dublin, called in Irish Baile Átha Cliath, is the capital of the Republic of Ireland and by far its largest city. What I liked most about its cityscape were the picturesque bridges over the river Liffey.

The one that you see in the picture on the left is Samuel Beckett Bridge, in Irish: Droichead Samuel Beckett. The bridge is named for the famous Irish avant-garde writer Samuel Beckett and was designed by the Spanish neofuturistic architect Santiago Calatrava. It is still quite new, as it was officially opened only in 2009.

I think the design of the bridge is very cool. It resembles a harp. This musical instrument is in the coat of arms of Ireland and you can see it for example on Euro coins minted in Ireland. The bridge can swing open to allow bigger vessels pass through.

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