Do you dare to try and solve the mystery of the stolen jewels? Visit this place to discover its history.
A fairytale castle
The mythical origins of Dublin Castle, which was part of a medieval walled fortress, goes back to the era of King John Lackland, who took over the throne from his elder brother Richard the Lionheart in the 12th century. The remains of that original castle, however, are few and far between, although its land and stones were maintained as a royal residence and government seat for centuries afterwards, surviving fires, wars and restorations. It also had a dark side: the dungeons, where prisoners of the religious crusades were savagely tortured. One of the events that made history in this spot was the robbery of the Irish Crown Jewels in 1907, a crime that remains unsolved to this day. The architecture of the Dublin Castle you can visit nowadays is attributed to one of the many refurbishments which took place around the 17th century, although it’s hard to imagine the era of the Crusades when you see the modern fixtures of today: the castle has been reinvented as a centre for conferences and exhibitions, and its luxurious restaurants offer exquisite cuisine.