Isolde's Tower, Dublin 2

Hidden away in Dublin's medieval city in Temple Bar, archaeologists found the substantial lower sections of this massive tower
Originally, the river Poddle ran around the eastern side of the tower and former part of the city wall's defences. Much of the Poddle was culverted, even by the time the Middle Ages had finished.
Isolde didn't too that well either - if you believe the Celtic legend, she took a death potion when she could not fulfill her love for Tristan.

The foundations of the city wall can be seen continuing from two sides of the tower and it is believed that virtually all of foundations from the complete circuit of the walls still exist underground. Indeed some sections of old wall also exist above ground.
This tower had to be strong as it would be the first part of the defences to face a determined sea-borne attack.

 

On darker days it may be difficult to see down to the level of the old tower but there is a conservation plan being prepared to upgrade the presentation of the tower which will include lighting, pictorial descriptions of its history and ongoing maintenance and cleaning.


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