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Royal Hospital Kilmainham

  • Building/Architectural Site

Published 08/11/2015

Fodor's Review

This replica of Les Invalides in Paris is regarded as the most important 17th-century building in Ireland. Commissioned as a hospice for disabled and veteran soldiers by James Butler—the Duke of Ormonde and viceroy to King Charles II—it was completed in 1684, making it the first building erected in Dublin's golden age. It survived into the 1920s as a hospital, but after the founding of the Irish Free State in 1922, the building fell into disrepair. The entire edifice has since been restored. The architectural highlight is the hospital's Baroque chapel, distinguished by its extraordinary plasterwork ceiling and fine wood carvings. The hospital also houses the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Sight Information

Address:

Kilmainham La., Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland

Phone:

01-612–9900

Website: www.rhk.ie

Sight Details:

  • Mon., Tues., and Thurs.–Sat. 10–5:30, Wed. 10:30–5:30, Sun. noon–5:30

Published 08/11/2015

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