|2023 Dublin - Fusiliers' Arch at the entrance of St Stephen's Green|
Dublin has more green spaces per square kilometre than any other European capital city, with 97% of city residents living within 300 metres of a park area. The city council plants approximately 5,000 trees annually and manages over 1,500 hectares of parks. Among the most known is St Stephen's Green, which is adjacent to a main shopping street, Grafton Street, and to a shopping centre named for it.
The landscaping of the park has undergone three major changes since its inception. The first occurred in 1670: two rows of lime trees were planted around the perimeter. At this time, the park was only accessible to the wealthy residents who owned plots around it. In 1815 the park was redesigned by the Dublin city surveyor Arthur Neville. The current landscape of the park was designed by William Sheppard, which officially opened to the public on Tuesday, 27 July 1880.
Fusiliers' Arch is a monument which forms part of the Grafton Street entrance to the park. Erected in 1907, it was dedicated to the officers, non-commissioned officers and enlisted men of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers who fought and died in the Second Boer War (1899-1902). Funded by public subscription, the arch was designed by John Howard Pentland and built by Henry Laverty and Sons. The proportions of the structure are said to be modelled on the Arch of Titus in Rome.
St Stephen's Green is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site The Historic City of Dublin, about which I wrote here.
About the stamp
The stamp, depicting Beadlet Anemone (Actinia equina), is part of the definitive series about Irish animals and marine life, about which I wrote here.
St Stephen's Green - Wikipedia
Fusiliers' Arch - Wikipedia
Sender: Marius Vasilescu
Sent from Dublin (Laighin / Ireland), on 01.03.2014