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The Spanish Arch

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The Spanish Arch

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Keith C wrote a review Sep 2020
Birr, Ireland28 contributions5 helpful votes
An interesting and historical spot is the Spanish Arch. While small in stature the interesting history is there. While on a little window shopping on Shop Street, at the bottom is the bridge and Spanish Arch, often referred to as "Sparch" by the younger generations 😀, who would indulge in a little day drinkies by the corrib river on the occasional sunny warm days. While today was cool and overcast, u still enjoyed the spot and cultural side of galway.
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Date of experience: September 2020
Kavo85 wrote a review Jul 2020
Dublin, Ireland695 contributions216 helpful votes
The arch is located at the bottom on quay street on the banks of the river. Plenty of activity in the area by way of restaurants and bars. Id consider this more of a meeting point than an attraction so to speak.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Richard L wrote a review Mar 2020
Lancaster, Pennsylvania23 contributions5 helpful votes
This a sample of 16th century Galway construction attached to some medieval wall. It is another reminder of earlier history.
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Date of experience: April 2019
Kaoconsult wrote a review Feb 2020
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Down by the harbor, this is a stone wall that was built by the Romans. There is a museum nearby. The wall is amazing because of its age, and the whole area is beautiful. The museum is excellent, too.
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Date of experience: June 2019
Jeffry b wrote a review Nov 2019
Essendon, Australia6,195 contributions1,557 helpful votes
The Spanish Arch dates from medieval times, at least since the Norman Conquest, perhaps earlier. No-one seems to know for certain why it is called "Spanish," It's near the river, the surrounding area is quite lively The Spanish Arch is a "been there, done that" sort of place.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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