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Tour of Galway

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Tour of Galway
Inserted: 03.06.2018
Author: Dominika Charvátová © gigaplaces.com

The city of Galway is located on the west coast of Ireland in its middle. It is located in Galway Bay on the Corrib River, which flows into the Great Lake of the same name. Galway is Ireland's 4th most populous city and was voted European Capital of Culture for 2020. The city is nicknamed the „City of the Tribes“ due to fourteen business families called the „Galway Tribes“ who ruled the city in its Hiberno-Norman period.

Galway Bay

The city is located in Gaway Bay and is therefore a suitable place for anyone who is close to water sports or would like to go to the nearby Arran Islands, where there is a regular ferry from Galway.

Galway Bay
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Spanish Arch - Spanish Arch

The Spanish Arch and the Caoċ Arch in Galway are the two remaining arches at Ceann and Bhalla. These two arches were part of the extension of the city wall from Martin's Tower on the banks of the Corrib River as a measure to protect the city's waterfront. This historic remains can be found at the very mouth of the river into the sea bay, in an area that was once known as the Fish Market.

Spanish Arch - Spanish Arch
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City on the river

The city's main artery is the Corrib River, which flows through the city and winds like a twisted snake. It creates picturesque nooks, beautiful views of bridges and trails along its canals, which live at a peaceful local pace.

City on the river
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Hiking trails along the river
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Hiking trails along the river

On both sides of the main river canal of the river Corrib flowing through the city, there are built paths for pedestrians and cyclists. You will find a peaceful oasis with countless benches to relax on and beautiful views of the river and its weirs.

Salmon trail

The town is inextricably linked to one natural phenomenon, which causes hundreds of fishermen to come here every year, but it is also a spectacle for tourists. During the season, sometime between June and July, sea salmon pull the river through the center of the city to wipe into the calm waters of Lake Corrib.

Salmon trail
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Salmon weirs

The salmon have to cross the weirs in Galway on their way to wiping out Corrib Lake, and eager fishermen and curious tourists are waiting for them to enjoy the spectacle of jumping salmon upstream over the weir.

Salmon weirs
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Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas

The Cathedral of Our Lady in Heaven and St. Nicholas dominates the city of Galway and its full-bodied dome rises above the city skyline like a lighthouse. The cathedral, known as Galway Cathedral, built in the Romanesque style, was built relatively recently in 1965 in a relatively controversial location. The locals wanted to build a big cathedral, which they really did, but finding a small enough town like this was already built in a small town like Galway. Eventually, the cathedral was built on the former site of the prison and courthouse.

Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas
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Blue dome ceiling
Author: Dominika Charvátová © gigaplaces.com

Blue dome ceiling

There is free entry to the cathedral, so you can walk through the impressive building inside. The dominant dome is a distinctive element even when viewed from the inside. Its ceiling is painted blue, reminiscent of a blue eye to heaven.

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