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Monday in Dublin (House of Lords & Christ Church) by Ann Treacy
January 21, 2008, 9:32 pm
Filed under: Dublin

The girls were off school today. We’re not sure why – but that was OK. We don’t get as many random days off here as back home and we miss it. We had planned to go into town on Saturday but that didn’t work out so we decided to do it today.

House of Lords
First we went into the House of Lords. Well it used to be Ireland’s parliament but now it’s a bank. There used to be 2 parliament buildings – but when they were sold to the bank they were under instructions to raze them. I’m not sure why this one wasn’t but the other, larger building was. (The bank guy didn’t know why either.)

Anyways the bank/parliament is across the street from Trinity College. It is a bank but they keep the main room and several other artifacts out for folks to see.
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Christ Church
Then we went to Christ Church. We used to live very near to Christ Church but I don’t think I had ever been there before. It’s very large and was built around 1030. The stained glass is amazing, the size of it is amazing – but the most amazing thing is the crypt under the church.

The crypt is a super old, open basement. Apparently in the 16th and 17th centuries, it was a pub. There is even a stockade in it. The girls thought it was very creepy. I thought it was cool.
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Way cool!

Comment by Julie

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