"It's the biggest, and pointiest" Top 5 Page for this destination Dublin Tip by sourbugger
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Phoenix park claims to be the biggest urban park in Europe. At over 1,700 acres you can certainly feel that you are well away from the hub-hub and congestion of Dublin city.
It says alot about the politics of the Irish state that in this setting stands not only the home of the Irish Premier, but also the home of the U.S Ambassador.
The most obvious architectural feature in the park the is the tallest obelisk in Europe. It is 205 feet tall, and was intended to be taller but for a shortage of funds. Completed in 1861 it commemorates Wellington (The Iron Duke), who was actually Dublin Born and Bred. Having said that apparantly many Dubliners just refer to it as the 'Phoenix park monument'.
Wellington himself, commenting on his Dublin origins is quoted as saying "Just because you are born in a stable ...does not make you an ass".
(Perhaps he missed the fact that the most famous person in history was born in a stable)
There are also four bronze plaques cast from cannons captured at Waterloo - three of which has pictorial representations of his career while the fourth has an inscription.
Asia and Europe, saved by thee, proclaim
(Soubugger : No Boasting then ?)
Invincible in war thy deathless name,
Now round thy brow the civic oak we twine
That every earthly glory may be thine.
If ever you wanted an example of an Alpha-male in life - then here you have it.
Even after his demise his erection soars over the park.
Address: Parkgate St.
Directions: Parkgate St. Conyngham Road Dublin 8 Ireland
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