Duke of Wellington Monument

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Duke of Wellington Monument

Duke of Wellington Monument
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Neighbourhood: Phoenix Park
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  • Heuston • 8 min walk
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CeEmDee
North Wales, UK161 contributions
Mar 2022
Impressive. Shame about the graffiti. We visited as part of a visit to Phoenix Parkland so worth having a look if you are in the parkland.
Written 13 April 2022
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Richard H
Wickford, UK128 contributions
Sep 2021
We went pass on the tour bus and it is definitley worth seeing if not worth actually getting off the bus - lol. It is impressive - and nice photo opportunity.
Written 1 October 2021
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permia
Ireland37,603 contributions
Apr 2021
This great monument, the tallest obelisk in Europe, was over forty years in the making. Begun in 1817 when Wellington was still very much alive but only completed in 1861, nine years after his death. This time span accounts for the debate on whether it is a Testimonial or Monument.

Born in Dublin’s Merrion Square in 1769, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, had a renowned life as military commander and subsequently in the political sphere. During his time as British Prime Minister he conceded Catholic Emancipation in 1829.

The towering monument in granite has a bronze plaque on each face. Interestingly, these are cast from Napoleon’s cannons captured at Waterloo.

One dedication is to Wellington’s most famous and seminal victory, over Napoleon at Waterloo. Another tribute is to his seven-year campaign in India during the consolidation of the British Empire. Another shows Civil and Religious Liberty.

A final paean in bronze has an inscription in Latin and English – “Asia and Europe, saved by thee, proclaim invincible in war thy deathless name, now round thy brow the civic oak we twine that every earthly glory may be thine”.

Originally it was planned that the monument be placed in Merrion Square but resistance from local residents saw this off, and it was finally located well away in the Phoenix Park.

It was intended that an equestrian sculpture of the Duke be erected, but due to funding issues this never happened.
Written 5 July 2021
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motorcar1
Dublin, Ireland7,949 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
Completed in the 1860’s this granite obelisk was built to commemorate the battle victories of the Duke of Wellington particularly the Battle of Waterloo where he defeated Napoleon.
It is situated near the main entrance in the Phoenix Park and is visible for miles away.
Written 6 July 2020
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ARose
Charlotte, NC911 contributions
Sep 2019
If you are looking for some contrast to the busy city, take a walk to the is monument and through Phoenix Park. Its nice open green space with some sports fields, this monument, and old fort ruins. Its great to get some exercise and spend some time outside.
Written 16 March 2020
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland16,890 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Obelisk which is 62m / 203 feet high. Situated in the gorgeous Phoenix Park. It’s located close to the zoo. Enter the park from the river Liffey side. It’s the largest obelisk in Europe. Well worth a look if you’re in the area as the park is a real jewel in a Dublin city.
Written 15 March 2020
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John M
Lyon, France1,797 contributions
Feb 2020
The Wellington Testimonial, the strictly correct but rarely used name for the Washington Monument, is located near the southeast (main) entrance to Phoenix Park, Dublin. At 62 meters high and made of grey granite, it is the highest obelisk in Europe, and 2nd only in height to the Washington Monument in Washington. The Testimonial is dedicated to Arthur Wellseley, Duke of Wellington who won many battles around Europe. It was built between 1817 and 1861 as a commemoration to the Wellington's victories, including the historical battle of Waterloo which finished Napoleon's campaign in Europe. This key landmark is visible from many parts of Dublin and also the suburbs. There are 4 plaques cast from melted down cannons from Waterloo, surrounding the statue.

The area around monument could be a great picnic spot but unfortunately many people seem to use the area to get drunk and high, and rowdy. However, people also use the area to have football games and throw frisbees and walk the dog, so a great place when the weather is good.
Written 6 March 2020
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Peter J
Chichester, UK415 contributions
Oct 2019
This is a stunning monument in the sunshine to the Duke of Wellington and his victory along with the Prussian Field Marshal Blücher over Napoleon at Waterloo.
Written 8 October 2019
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GeORgeziLLA
Port Orange, FL881 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
Well our tour guide told us its widely known as viagra monument.
Largest obligue minument in Europe, Dublin was influenced by the recent launch of the now famous remedy for male impotency. Perhaps, in the circumstances, the monument might appropriately be referred to as the Viagra Needle
Written 1 September 2019
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mikesierra
Bourne, UK1,991 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
The large obelisk structure completed in 1861 is located in Phoenix Park and is 62 metres tall making it the largest in Europe. It’s visible from the Hop-on Hop-off bus routes and can easily be seen and photographed from the bus.
Written 31 July 2019
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