Dublin Castle Gardens, Dublin 2

Designed in the style of ancient Celtic jewellery this large grass area lies on the site of the Black Pool or in Irish, Dubh Linn. In Celtic and Viking times the River Poddle, which supplied fresh drinking water and filled the moat of Dublin Castle, also formed a pool at this spot.
The Vikings used this pool as a sheltered harbour for their ships. It is from the Dubh Linn pool that Dublin gets its English name.
The garden now serves as a helicopter-pad.
While simular to Europain gardens, Irish gardens usually have a slight twist, which makes them unique and especially attractive. The garden at the Dublin Castle is a stronge example of this trait. As you can see, the flat lawn inside a low, circular, walled area is repeatedly bisected by narrow black swirls., much like a marbled cake. If you look closely, at the beginning of the swirl is a face much like a stylized snake.
Included in the garden is, I think, one of most beautiful garden ornaments I have seen, it appears to be a snail made of natural materials such as quartz or amethyst or colored glass, I am not sure which, but it truly shines since there does't appear to be any imperfections, as you can see.
Further in the garden is another small, unusual pond with a back wall of colored mosaics representing fish and eels or snakes.

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