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The Spire of Dublin
The Spire of Dublin

The Spire of Dublin

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O’Connell Street, Dublin, Ireland
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Intended as a replacement for Nelson's Pillar, a monument destroyed in a bombing by members of the IRA in 1966, the Spire of Dublin is a needle-like spire on O'Connell Street in Dublin, Ireland. At ... Read more
121.2 metres, or 398 ft, in height and only 3 m, or 9.8 ft, at the base, the spire is an elongated, tapering cone made of reflective stainless steel. Many sources consider it the world's tallest sculpture. The spire was designed by Ian Ritchie Architects as part of an effort to improve O'Connell Street, Dublin's main thoroughfare. It was was completed in 2003.

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Sydney, Australia

It’s where Dubliners go to meet their friends that are too familiar with the city. Also, the locals will tell you that they love it or hate it.

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Valletta, Malta

cannot miss this sky high steel mast from all areas of Dublin city
massive and tall 120 meters

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Des Moines, Iowa, USA

At first I wasn’t aware it was there, which is crazy since it is so tall! When you hear the history of it, you can appreciate it a bit more, but for the most part it’s rather strange and not very pretty. However, it’s a great landmark for meeting people!

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Ottawa

Walked past it twice by accident before finally finding the base. Super handy for knowing where you are in Dublin though! Built for the millennium but completed late, most Irish actually despise this thing and the tax dollars it cost them

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New Orleans, Louisiana

It's just a spire honestly, it's not ugly, it's not beautiful, on the bright side it's free and quite easy to look at.

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Local from Dublin

Mixed reviews of the Spire among locals. Some hate it, some don't care one way or the other. I find myself in the latter camp. Meh. You can't help to see it, but once you've seen it....you've seen it.

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Brno, Czech Republic

Good to tick off your sightseeing list by day but even more interesting by night as its light shoots up into the dark sky creating an interesting 3D laser effect. It's icon of Dublin and it's hard to imagine O'Connell Street without it.

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Enniskerry, Ireland

The Spire is on the famous O connells street.The spire was designed by Ian Ritchie Architects,[3] who sought an "Elegant and dynamic simplicity bridging art and technology". The contract was awarded to SIAC-Radley JV and it was manufactured by Radley Engineering of Dungarvan, County Waterford, and erected by SIAC Construction Ltd. The first section was installed on 18 December 2002.[4] Five additional 20 m (66 ft) sections were added with the last one installed on 21 January 2003. The spire is an elongated cone of diameter 3 m (9.8 ft) at the base, narrowing to 15 cm (5.9 in) at the top. Construction of the world's tallest sculpture was delayed because of difficulty in obtaining planning permission and environmental regulations. It is constructed from eight hollow tubes of stainless steel and features a tuned mass damper, designed by engineers Arup, to counteract sway. The steel underwent shot peening in order to subtly[dubious – discuss] reflect the light falling on it.

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United States

Locals referred to it as the stiletto in the ghetto, it's still a fairly impressive monument amidst much more interesting sights along O'Connell Street.

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Westport, Connecticut, USA

We didn't know what it was at first, but it made a great landmark. As long as we could see the spire, we knew where we were.

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Pretty unique! I stopped a cop to ask what it was because it looked so different from anything I've seen before. He said the built it for the Millenium because they wanted to do something different. It's near the hotel where I am staying so the long silver point makes for a great reference.

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Brooklyn, État de New York, États Unis

Visible from many locations in the city. A nice modern touch to historical downtown.

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United States

The Spire of Dublin, alternatively titled the Monument of Light is a large, stainless steel, pin-like monument 398 ft in height, located on the site of the former Nelson's Pillar on O'Connell Street in Dublin, Ireland. It looks like it is pinching the sky/clouds at times. Pretty cool. Established in 2003.

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An eyesore amidst its historic surroundings, the 'spire' is like a pair or suspenders in a nunnery - a scandal!

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Abergavenny, UK

A huge modern monument slap bang in the middle of Dublin, you really can't miss it!

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United States

You love it or hate it but its a great landmark to prevent you getting lost. Its on the site of the once-famous Nelsons Pillar which was blown-up. The Pillar should be rebuilt and be renamed Saint Valentines Pillar - the remains of St Valentine are interred in Dublin. The Spire is not for me- sorry.

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Local from Dublin, Ireland

Something old & something new. The Spire is 398 ft high and was constructed in 2002/2003. The General Post Office aka the G.P.O was built in 1818. It was heavily damaged during the Easter Rising of 1916, and if you look closely enough at the outer columns, you can still see some bullet-marks..

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London, UK

Sort of like the monument in London, this isn't all that. But it is striking and before mobiles were practical for international travellers was a good place to meet up.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India

The height of the structure is mesmerising. It stands out amongst the other monuments and structures. Located on the O'Connell street, this presents a good photo opportunity if you are visiting Dublin

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Urbana, Illinois, USA

It's quite a cool little landmark. Well, I shouldn't say little, it's huge. You can't missit!

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