Grafton Street & St Stephen's Green

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 (1723–96) and, since 1972, open to all denominations. It’s noted for its extremely fine plasterwork by Michael Stapleton, its Ionic columns and its painted (rather than stained-glass) windows. The main window is dedicated to Archbishop Ussher.

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Nearby Grafton Street & St Stephen's Green attractions

1. Dining Hall

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The dining hall was originally designed in 1743 by Richard Cassels (aka Castle), but dismantled 15 years later because of problems caused by inadequate…

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. Campanile

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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…

4. Examination Hall

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

5. 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…

6. Front Gate

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The main entrance to Trinity College was built in the 1870s to replace the 1759 original and was completely refurbished in 2014.

7. Oliver Goldsmith Statue

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Imposing statue of Anglo-Irish novelist and playwright Oliver Goldsmith (1728–74), who wrote The Vicar of Wakefield.

8. Edmund Burke Statue

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This bronze statue of Anglo-Irish statesman and orator Edmund Burke (1729–97) was the work of sculptor John Henry Foley and erected in 1868. Burke…