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The Stiffey On The Liffey
The Spire is 393 St high and is the tallest momument in Dublin by far. It was supposed to be up for the year 2000, but ended up being finished in 2003.
It does look impressive, but looks out of place among the older blocks of O'Connell Str. It has a light on top at night that will always direct you to O'Connell Str. On our sightseeing tour the driver called it the "Stilletto in the ghetto".
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the Millenium Spire
The Dublin Spire, or the 'Spike' as it now more commonly know, is the newest addition to the Dublin skyline. It was commisioned to mark the millenium celebrations in the city, but it in reality it was not completed until early 2003. It stands on the old site of Nelsons Pillar which was famously blown up by the IRA. It has however become a major argument amongst Dubliners as to whether it is a worthy addition to the cityscape. The Spire stands 120 metres tall and is the largest sculpture in the world. It is to be the centre of the new O'Connell Street redevelopment, which aims at reshaping the famous street, and making it into more of a boulevard style, a la Champes Elysee.
The Millenium Spire is located slap bang in the middle of O Connell Street., with Henry St to your left and North Earl Street to your right, it is in the centre and visible from everywhere.
Ive not yet spoken to a Dubliner who actually likes it!!! All my family and friends think that its awful and call it the spike (among other things Lol!)
It is made from Stainless Steel plate and stands at 120 metres high! If you look up from the base its difficult to see the top without toppling over!
It is supposedly a monument of light and reflects the climate, it sway in the wind!
Got a big sewing job ?
The Monument of Light, aka the Millenium Spire is a 120m tall spire that looks a lot like a sewing needle.
It was originally planned to be constructed in time for New Years Eve 1999, but was delayed and wasn't finished till January 2003.
Located in the centre of O'Connell Street, is a very impressive, though totally unexpected sight!!!
Hard to get a good photo of it though...
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The Millennium Spire (or Monument of Light) is probably more suited into the “impossible to miss” category than in the “must see” one. Its 120 meters are visible from almost every corner of the city. Apart from been absurdly tall, I cannot think in any other interesting feature of this… mmmm, monument ;-)
Not that it really is a Must-See, but here it is anyway: Dublin’s Millennium Spire. Yes, I know, we had the millennium two years ago already, but the Irish are not so fussy about punctuality, according to their saying “When God created time he made enough of it”. And looking at Ireland’s highest structure (120 m) now it seems we did not really miss out on anything, in the last two years either. The Spire has already been given several nicknames like “Stiletto in the Ghetto”, “Spire in the Mire”, “Stiffy by the Liffey” or “Filler for the Pillar”, this last one coming from Nelson’s Pillar, which used to adorn this particular spot on O’Connell Street before the IRA blew it up in 1966.
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