The campanile (or bell tower) in Trinity College stands nearly 100 foot tall and was built in 1853 to the designs of the famous architect Sir Charles Lanyon. Lanyon’s other works include Queens University Belfast, Botanical Gardens Belfast, Scrabo Tower in Newtownabbey, the Antrim Coast Road and The Custom House, Belfast. It has become one of the most iconic images of Trinity College and Dublin. The belfry is a cylindrical chamber encircled by Corinthian columns and the 4 figures at the base of the belfry, sculpted by Thomas Kirk (1781-1845), represent divinity, science, medicine and law. It was erected on what was believed to be the centre of the original monastery that preceded the college. Superstition says that students who pass beneath it when the bells toll will fail their exams!

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