Many historic buildings survive in the Shandon area. St Anne's Church and belfry, visible from many parts of Cork city, is one of the most iconic features of the city. Other important architectural landmarks include the former North Infirmary (now a hotel), the Cork Butter Exchange and its Firkin Crane satellite building, and Skiddy's Almshouse, the oldest residential complex in the city. For centuries, Shandon played an important role in the civic and commercial development of the north side of today's city, beginning with the construction of Shandon Castle which became the administrative seat of Munster. The former castle, destroyed in 1690, was used for part of the Cork Butter Exchange, the largest butter exchange in the world at one point and the commercial heart of the north side of the city. Today, the surviving historic buildings of Shandon play an important part in the cultural, artistic, and tourist industry of Cork city.
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