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An arterial road of the city, O'Connell Street marks the historical area of the city. Many ancient and architecturally-rich buildings line its route. The O'Connell Monument named after the national leader Daniel O'Connell, is a memorial that is found at one end of the street. The street has remained in existence since olden times and has served as a witness to major wars, gatherings and demonstrations. The annual St. Patrick's Day Parade also passes through this street.
Towering over the bustling O'Connell Street, the 'Monument of Light' is like a soaring needle striving to meet the heavens above. Symbolizing the true spirit of contemporary Dublin, the spire pierces through clear blue skies during the day and is an effervescent display of sparkling steel come night. Boasting a textured base, this upward-tapering 120 meters(390 feet) pillar is skirted by a troupe of historic edifices. Its imposing visage dominates the city's skyline, perpetually awarded by gazes of awe. The monumental Spire of Dublin is an incredible representation of the city's urban and technological prowess, that has also been a recipient of an array of accolades.
The shopping street in the northern part of the city offers a range of fashion boutiques and shopping centres.
The Anna Livia monument has been a bone of contention for Dubliners since it was erected in 1988. Designed by Eamonn O'Doherty to mark Dublin's own millennium, the gushing water sculpture features the goddess of the river Liffey in a suggestive pose and was immediately christened "the floozy in the Jacuzzi" by general consensus. Today, it is (unfortunately) the popular hang-out for customers of the numerous fast-food restaurants that line this part of O'Connell Street. With the erection of the new Monument of Light in this space, the fountain will shortly be relocated to a new site.
Housed in an exemplary Neoclassical building, this spectacularly-fashioned cathedral is complete with Doric columns and a pediment, beckoning droves of Roman Catholics from across the nation. While its facade is based on the Temple of Theseus in Athens, the interior is more austere, but has a beautiful depiction of the Ascension carved above the high altar. St Mary's Pro-Cathedral is home to the famous Palestrina Choir, whose echoing symphonies and melodies beautifully reignite faith and offer moments of solace and repose. Anchoring a magnificent organ which dates back to decades, the cathedral is as much a stirring religious institution as it is a body of great architectural finesse. Adorned with an extensive nave, heartwarming marble sculptures and beautifully-textured walls, St Mary's Pro-Cathedral is one of the most unrivalled landmarks of Dublin.
Founded in 1904 by W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory, the Abbey is Ireland's national theater and remains a crucial promoter of established and emerging Irish playwrights. The theater's early years saw much controversy: the 1926 premiere of O'Casey's 'The Plough and the Stars' upset nationalist sensibilities and provoked Yeats to personally rebuke the audience, who felt offended by the depiction of the 1916 nationalist movement. Although generally less controversial these days, new Irish plays are still staged in the basement theater, the Peacock. The theater's Abbey Street premises has been open since 1961, but changes are afoot. The management is currently considering a move south of the river.