Phoenix Park can be called a real heritage of medieval Dublin. This place attracts tourists from all over the world, which is not surprising: here you can meet the real Bambi and his whole family - the heroes of a children's fairy tale about a cute deer. The horned inhabitants of the park are not afraid of people, but on the contrary, they are waiting for them, knowing that food and attention will come to them together with visitors, and genuine happiness will settle on the faces of the children. Phoenix Park is one of the largest green areas in the world within the city. Its area is more than seven hundred hectares, so if you want to go to all the interesting corners, allocate enough time for this walk.
Everything you need to know about the park
Phoenix Park is one of the largest parks located within the city: its area is 707 hectares. The park has many objects: the Dublin Zoo, architectural monuments, sculptures, monuments, the residence of the President of Ireland.
Since the12th century, these lands belonged to the Order of John. In the 15th century, the order fell apart, its members scattered throughout the world, and the lands that were in their possession went to the state. A century later, the Duke of Ormond - the Viceroy - announced the creation of the Great Royal Hunting Park on this territory: a lot of people began to work here on breeding pheasants, fallow deer and other animals. By the way, the population of fallow deer in the Phoenix Park today is very impressive: the number of individuals reaches several hundred. By order of the Earl of Chesterfield in 1745, the park was open for free access to all comers.
Almost weekly throughout the year, the park hosts 2 events that are incredibly popular among both tourists and locals: car racing on asphalt paths and a kite festival. One of the main features of the Phoenix can be considered that its gates are open around the clock, so you can get here even at night.
Among the must-visit places, it is worth highlighting the Dublin Zoo, opened in 1830. This place can be called one of the most visited in Dublin: annually there are about a million people. At the zoo you can get acquainted with:
- Lions and tigers
- Jaguars, leopards and lynxes
- Hippos, giraffes and antelopes
- Gibbons, orangutans and gorillas
- Ostriches, penguins and flamingos
- Iguanas and others.
In 1754, the residence of the British Lord Lieutenant was built in Phoenix Park. Deerfield - the residence has such a name - today serves as the mansion of the President of Ireland.
You should not go past the 62-meter-high stele-monument Duke Wellington - an Englishman from Dublin who led the British Parliament during the Battle of Waterloo. Another important place is the Papal Cross, which was erected on a hill in honor of the arrival of Pope John Paul II in 1979.
Flora and fauna
The pride of the park is a huge number of plants, most of which are considered rare. In total, about 350 species grow on the territory of Phoenix. Tourists who visit this place for the first time, at first introduces into a stupor the aroma of rare flowers and plants. It is noteworthy that most of the plants here appeared naturally, they were not planted specially.
Phoenix Park is almost the only place in the world where swarms of fallow deer and deer walk freely in the fenced area, with which you can contact.
- Until 1927, the US Embassy was located in the building of the Presidential Residence
- The logo of the film company Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer shows a lion inhabitant of the Dublin Zoo nicknamed Slats
- Car racing in the park has been ongoing continuously since 1927
- Admission to Phoenix is free.
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