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6 Secret places to find in Dublin City

16 May 2018 · 2 min read
Aerial view of Iveagh Gardens in Dublin

Dublin has many tourist attractions that everybody knows of and everybody visits. However, Dublin also has some hidden treasures that are worth a visit on your trip. Luckily, we know all about these hidden treasures so you don’t have to be afraid to miss out on them.

Shrine of St. Valentine

St. Valentine was executed in Rome on the February 14th year 269. However, its remains are buried in Carmelite Church Dublin. The relics were a gift from Pope Gregory XVI in 1836, a small vial of Saint Valentine’s blood. A lot of couples visit the church nowadays to wish for a good relationship, especially after they got engaged.

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"I don't think it's common knowledge outside of Ireland that the remains of St. Valentine have been in Whitefriar Street Church in Dublin since 1836," says @whenitcomestoluck. "A plaque beside reads 'The shrine contains the sacred body of Saint Valentinus The Martyr together with a small vessel tinged with his blood'. Madrid also lays claim to the martyred saint's remains, however. Either way, happy Valentines! #valentines #dublin #ireland

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Dame Lane Letterbox

In 2008 Sarah Braken had to write her thesis on street art, which was when this project came to light. She put a letterbox on Dame Street as a piece of interactive art. It aimed to invite people to confess their secrets. Some of the best confessions have been gathered and exposed during several exhibitions.

Iveagh Gardens

Close to St. Stephen’s Green Park and The Green, the Iveagh Gardens are located. This truly is a hidden gem. The park has been designed by Ninian Niven in 1865, but the park has a history dating back over three hundred years. Many of the landscape features are still in place or have been restored and conserved since 1995. To name few, you can enjoy a yew maze, a spectacular cascade and a rosarium.

The Huguenot Cemetery

The Huguenot Cemetery is located next to the Shelbourne Hotel and dates back from 1693. The Huguenots were French Protestants expelled from France in the seventeenth century and encouraged to locate in Ireland due to an Act passed by the Irish Parliament. The cemetery a place that you would easily walk by without noticing it or paying attention to it, but you should make sure to make a stop the next time.

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Opticians on one side, Huguenot Cemetery dating from 1693 on the other: get you a city that can do both?? The Huguenots were French Protestants who immigrated to Ireland in the 17th century and established a community in Dublin that maintained its unique cultural identity until the 1900s. They eventually assimilated into Irish society, but traces of their culture and language can still be seen in place names (Aungier Street for example) and surnames (you’ll occasionally come across Irish people with French af surnames like L’Estrange).??????

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Georgian Doors

In the Georgian period, there were very strict rules for architecture. All the houses looked the same (high buildings, large streets and a unified style), so Dubliners began colouring their own doors to distinguish themselves and express their individuality. Have a look at @thedoorsofdublin on Instagram to see the large variety of them!

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#regram from @joschene ?❤️ #thedoorsofdublin

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Street Art

Nowadays graffiti is more respected, and so more street art can be found around Dublin. Some of them are masterpieces made by renowned artistes and adorn large building façades. There is also a place that’s worth popping in if you are into street art: the Tivoli car park. Each year during the All City Jam, Ireland’s finest Graffiti Writers gather to spray their art.

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