Dublin is a very bohemian city. Irish people like to go out and have fun every day. Then, there is nothing more natural than having a part of the city where it’s possible to visit small art galleries, pubs, and restaurants with very lively programming. This place is Temple Bar! Get to know the history of Dublin’s busiest area!
The region may have been named after the Temple family, where Sir William Temple built a house and gardens there in the early 1600s. But despite this factor, the name appears to have been borrowed from the Temple Bar district of London.
Regardless of the origin of the name, Temple Bar is an obligatory stop for anyone wishing to stroll during the day or go to a happy hour in the company of good friends after school or work.
Temple Bar is bordered by the River Liffey to the north, Dame Street to the south, Westmoreland Street to the east and Fishamble Street to the west. Unlike other areas of Dublin, it preserved its medieval plant with many narrow, cobbled streets.
In the nineteenth century the area began to decay and in the twentieth century was with many abandoned buildings and neighborhood totally degraded. Disregard for the region brought a positive aspect: it retained its original architectural features, unlike other places explored by civil builders in the 1960s.
In the 1980s a state-owned transport company was interested in buying Temple Bar and demolishing the region for the construction of a bus station. During this phase, the acquired buildings were rented for small amounts to small artists, who opened galleries and shops.
Residents and traders, along with the Irish Treasury Directorate, protested against the bill, which was canceled. In 1991, Temple Bar Properties was created, a non-profit organization that promoted the regeneration of the area and promoted it as a cultural district in Dublin.
The purpose has worked and today in the Temple Bar area is the Irish Photography Center, Ark Children’s Cultural Center, Irish Film Institute, Temple Bar Music Center, Arthouse Multimedia Center, Temple Bar Gallery, and Studio, the Irish Stock Exchange and also the Central Bank.
The pub that bears the same name, The Temple Bar, has been operating since 1840. The specialty of the place is oysters accompanied by Guinness. However, the menu also offers salmon, cheeses, sausages, hams and thousands of sandwiches. It was on the stage of this pub that guitarist Dave Browne broke the record, playing for 114 hours and 30 minutes in 2012.
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