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VIDEO: What the American Embassy has in common with an Aran jumper

Archive footage shows the huge crowds that gathered when the building was officially opened, 50 years ago today.

us embassySource: US Embassy

IT'S ONE OF Dublin's most recognisable buildings - the American Embassy in Ballsbridge.

Did you know the concrete pieces for the site were put on barges, sailed across the Irish sea and into the Liffey?

Today marks 50 years since it was built, and to celebrate the Embassy has put together a video about the history of the unique space.

Find out why they moved from Merrion Square, why the initial designs for the the embassy were a disaster, and why some spanners were put in the works before construction.

Oh, and you'll also find out why it can be compared to an Aran jumper.

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Source: U.S. Embassy Dublin/YouTube

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