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You’ll be dazzled by the reflection of its stunning façade in the river as you walk by

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Customs House

A building with history, which was never used…

The Dublin Customs House is the sad story of a monument which was never used for anything. It is an imposing neoclassical edifice, designed by the architect James Gandon in 1791 to house the administration for the tariffs on all the goods which came in through the port of Dublin. Despite the high cost of the building and its elaborate adornments – the doric façade which floats reflected on the surface of the Liffey River, several coats of arms, and the four allegorical statues under its monumental bronze dome – the 1800 Act of Union decreed that the customs administration be centralised and moved to London, so this unique building was never actually used for the purpose for which it was created. And as if that weren’t enough, in 1921 the Irish army set fire to the Customs House, seeing it as a symbol of English sovereignty. The restoration work on the building was not completed until 1991, 200 years after it was first built.



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