Dublin, Ireland (Eire)
O'Connell Street & City Centre
tel: +353 1 222 2222
NileGuide Expert tip:
Go right up to the base of the Spire and then look upwards for a dizzying view.
Measuring 120 metres, or about 390 ft, the Dublin Spire, is the highest sculpture/free-standing monument in the world. This massive stainless steel spike measure 3m (9.8 ft) at its base and tapers to 15cm (6 ins). It is also known as the Monument of Light, and the top 12 metres (39 ft) is illuminated at night. It was erected in January 2003, replacing the earlier much-hated symbol of British power, Nelson's Pillar (destroyed in 1966), and its predecessor, the oft-derided Anna Livia Monument (known locally as the Floosie in the Jacuzzi
) . The award-winning spire is meant to symbolizes the spirit of a new Dublin and a time capsule is buried beneath it. Most locals are unamused however, particular given its cost of 4 million euros.
Remko Van Dokkum