Dublin Castle, Dame Street, Dublin. Illustration © Eamon Sinnott
Part of our heritage series of illustrations of Irish historic and landmark buildings which can be purchased by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Now one of Dublin’s most visited historic landmarks the building served as a military fortress, a prison, a treasury and courts of law. For 700 years, from 1204 until independence, it was the seat of English (and then British) rule in Ireland. Rebuilt as the castle we now know in the seventeenth, eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Dublin Castle is now a government complex and an arena of state ceremony.