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The Spire of Dublin, Ireland

The Spire of Dublin, officially titled An Túr Solais (Monument of Light) is a large, stainless steel, pin-like monument over 121 metres in height and 3 metres in diameter at its base, located on the site of the former Nelson's Pillar (destroyed by a bomb in 1966) on O'Connell Street in Dublin.

The Spire of Dublin was designed by Ian Ritchie Architects, a London-based firm.

The base of The Spire is gently lit and the top 12 metres are illuminated to the tip providing a beacon in the night sky over the capital.

The first section of the monument was put into position on December 18th 2002. High winds hampered progress and so it took until January 21st 2003 for the erection to be completed.

This tall needle-like structure quickly acquired a number of nicknames including The Spike, The Binge Syringe, The Stiletto in the Ghetto, The Nail in the Pale and The Pin in the Bin.

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O'Connell Street,
Dublin 1,

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