Trinity College is widely considered to be the most prestigious university in Ireland, and amongst the most elite in Europe. It was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I and was modelled after the collegiate universities of Oxford and Cambridge. It is one of the seven ancient universities of Britain and Ireland, as well as Ireland’s oldest surviving university. This is the beautiful front of Trinity College built in 1751 that faces Dame Street. It has been assumed for years that architects Henry Keene and John Sanderson were responsible for it’s design however newer evidence points to an English amateur architect Theodore Jacobsen. In 1751, the board of the college asked the Irish Parliament (which was then situated directly across the road in the present Bank of Ireland Building on College Green) for financial help for it’s construction. A part of the deal was that any of the unspent money should be returned to the English Parliament. The Irish MPs were very receptive to spending all the funds and the result was that Trinity was built more grandly than any college in the British Isles including Cambridge or Oxford.