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Wellington Monument, Dublin

The Wellington Monument (officially "The Wellington Testimonial") is a 62 metre high obelisk sited in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. It is the largest obelisk in Europe.

The Wellington Monument was built to commemorate the victories of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. Wellington, a member of the Anglo-Irish upper class, also known as the 'Iron Duke', was born in Dublin.

Originally planned to be located in Merrion Square, it was eventually built in the Phoenix Park after opposition from the square's residents.

The obelisk was designed by the architect Sir Robert Smirke and the foundation stone was laid in 1817. However, in 1820 it ran short of its construction costs and therefore remained unfinished until 18 June 1861 when it was opened to the public. There were also plans for a statue of Wellington on horseback but the lack of budget ruled that out.

A Dublin legend suggests that a fund-raising dinner was held in the vault under the pillar in 1820, after which the vault was sealed, leaving the dining tables and chairs behind. Several weeks later it was noticed that a butler had not been seen since the dinner, and it was assumed that he had drunk too much wine and remained unconscious and unnoticed behind a screen while the room was being sealed.

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Phoenix Park,
Dublin 8,
Dublin

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