The 30m-high Campanile, designed by Charles Lanyon and erected from 1852 to 1853 on what was believed to be the centre of the monastery that preceded the college, dominates Parliament Sq, one of two adjacent squares (the other is Front Sq) that you come onto as you pass through the Regent House entrance of Trinity College.

Superstition dictates that students who pass beneath it when the bell tolls will fail their exams – nothing to do with not studying hard enough!

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1. WEH Lecky Statue

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Besides having a library on campus named after him, historian, political thinker and Trinity alum William Edward Hartpole Lecky (1838–1903) has been…

2. George Salmon Statue

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One of Trinity College's most prominent statues is that of mathematician and theologian George Salmon (1819–1904), who also served as provost of the…

3. Trinity College

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Trinity College Dublin is Ireland's most prestigious university, a collection of elegant Georgian and Victorian buildings, cobbled squares and nature…

4. Examination Hall

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Trinity College's main exam hall was designed by William Chambers in 1785.

5. Chapel

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Clockwise round Front Sq from the Front Gate, the first building is the chapel, built in 1798 to plans made in 1787 by the architect Sir William Chambers …

6. Old Library & Book of Kells

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Trinity's greatest treasures are found within the Old Library and the incredible Long Room is one of the most photographed rooms in Dublin, for good…

7. 1937 Reading Room

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This classically inspired building is a private reading library for postgraduate students. It was originally designed by Sir Thomas Manly Deane (1851–1933…

8. Rubrics Building

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Trinity College's oldest existing building dates from around 1700. It was originally part of a quadrangle of similar buildings designed to enclose New Sq,…