Known often by its nickname, "The Emerald Isle," Ireland is renowned for its beauty. Rolling hills, historic towns and majestic shorelines combine into a breathtaking experience, and, often, photographs just don't do it justice. Enter Matthieu Chardon, a photographer from Ireland, with 9,000 of his own shots of Dublin. View the city through the lens of a local in Chardon's time-lapse video (turn HD on to get a real feel for the quality of the footage):
The city of Dublin has a long and storied history, withstanding the test of time since its establishment as a Viking settlement in the 9th century. Trinity College, established by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592, houses the Book of Kells, a manuscript created by Irish monks dating back to circa 800 A.D. The great Dublin Castle, built in 1204, currently serves as a conference center and tourist attraction, though it was previously the administrative seat of government from its completion until 1922, when the Irish Free State emerged.
Among the sights included in the video is the Famine Memorial, sculpted in 1997 by Irish artist Rowan Gillespie and titled simply "Famine." The five emaciated figures on Dublin's Custom House Quay are a reminder of the lasting effects of the Great Famine (1845-1852) on the people of Ireland. Also featured is the Samuel Beckett Bridge, named for an Irish writer and opened in December 2009. Designed by Santiago Calatrava, the structure is a cable-stayed bridge meant to resemble a harp, which is the well-known symbol of Ireland and its culture. It features four traffic and two pedestrian lanes and is capable of tilting 90 degrees to allow for the passage of ship traffic along the River Liffey.
It is estimated that roughly half the city's population is under age 25, and the vibe of the city shows it. There is a large nightlife scene throughout the city center, and while tourists flock to the acclaimed Temple Bar, locals make their way to the areas around Harcourt Street, Leeson Street and George's Street, to name a few. Live music dots the streets downtown, and north of the Liffey visitors will find famous theaters like the Savoy Cinema and Cineworld. More theaters can be found in Dublin's outer suburban areas. Visitors searching for a bit of Ireland to take home will find a variety of shopping experiences, from the modern retail centers in suburban Dublin to the historic market on Moore Street.