Dublin Castle was founded as a major defensive work by Meiler Fitzhenry on the orders of King John of England in 1204, after the Norman Invasion in 1169, when it was commanded that a castle be built with strong walls and good ditches for the defense of the city, the administration of justice, and the protection of the King's treasure.
Largely complete by 1230, the castle was of typical Norman courtyard design, with a central square without a keep, bounded on all sides by tall defensive walls and protected at each corner by a circular tower. Sited to the south-east of Norman Dublin, the castle formed one corner of the outer perimeter of the city, using the River Poddle, as a natural means of defense along two of its sides.
Through the Middle Ages the wooden buildings within the castle evolved and changed, the most significant addition being the Great Hall built of stone and timber. The Castle sustained severe fire damage in 1684. Extensive rebuilding transformed it from medieval fortress to Georgian palace.
When the Irish Free State came into being in 1922, Dublin Castle ceased to function as the administrative seat. It served for years as temporary Courts of Justice. After the courts vacated the premises, the Castle was used for state ceremonies and inaugurations. Add this "Magnificiant Dublin Castle" image to collection of architectural and historical memorabilia. Your image will be printed using high-quality papers with a high color accuracy, which guarantees that your prints will last a lifetime without fading.