Royal Hospital of King Charles II, Dublin N/A

The Royal Hospital of Kilmainham near Dublin was built in 1684 by Sir William Robinson, official State Surveyor General for James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde and Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to King Charles II, as a home for retired soldiers of the Irish Army. It remained in that role for over 250 years.
The plan of the Hospital is based on Les Invalides in Paris with a formal facade and a large courtyard. The Royal Hospital at Chelsea in London is similar in style but was completed two years after the hospital at Kilmainham.

Following the creation of the Irish Free State, the Hospital remained the home of a dwindling number of soldiers before serving as Garda Headquarters from 1930 to 1950, then as storage for the National Museum of Ireland. In !984, on its 300th anniversary, the Hospital was finally restored by the Irish Government, and controversially opened as the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA).

Stamp(s) Stamp Information
Royal Hospital of King Charles II, Dublin (Stamp 1) Title: Royal Hospital of King Charles II, Dublin (Stamp 1)
Badge: Within a laurel wreath the harp of Ireland and a royal crown
Dimensions (height x width): 43mm x 43mm
Heraldic Charges: harp