In 1038 a wooden church was built on the site of Christ Church Cathedral, by the Vikings. The construction of the stone cathedral was begun in 1172 after an agreement between Archbishop Laurence O’Tool and the Norman knight Strongbow (Richard de Clares). The cathedral has undergone many restorations, especially between 1871 - 78 when it had to be saved.
As the cathedral has been restored so many times over the centuries you can find many different architectural styles in the building, from Romanesque to English Gothic.
The cathedral is an Anglican church .
Entrance fee is 5 Euro (February 2007). But there is of course no entrance fee for people attending a service.
The cathedral is open:
September - May 9.45 - 17.00 (or 18.00)
June, July, August 9.00 - 18.00
There is a large arched crypt extending under the entire Christ Church Cathedral. It dates back to the 12th century. In the crypt there is a treasury containing the cathedrals silver and gold. Among the exhibits there is a stunning gilt plate, which was donated by king William III after he had won at the Battle of Boyne in 1697. In the crypt you can also see the stocks from 1670 were people were put as punishment. There is also a short film telling the history of Christ Church. In the treasury it is strictly forbidden to take photos.
Along with St. Patrick's, Christ Church Cathedral is one of the two major churches in Dublin. The original Viking church was constructed around 1030 AD, but its replacement was completed in 1240 by Strongbow, after whom the alcoholic cider drink was named. The huge 175-foot long crypt remains from 1171 and is the oldest part of Christ Church. In the 1500s, parts of the church roof collapsed, destroying Strongbow's tomb, but a "temporary" roof was constructed and lasted until the 1870s. The structure as seen today was completed in 1878, after a generous donation from one of Dublin's whiskey distillers.
Interestingly, the crypt at Christ Church was used as a market and later a pub, and it houses Strongbow's tomb...perhaps the reason for the cider?
Christ Church stands only 400 meters from St. Patrick's near Temple Bar and the River Liffey.
Just around the corner from Christ Church Cathedral you'll find a green wall, full of leafs. It's hard to describe, so have a look at the photos instead... ;)
The whole street surrounding the cathedral is worth a visit. First the "ark" where the cars and busses passes under, and then directly to the right you'll see this green wall, which also have very nice doors.
For some reason I started to think about the movie "Notting Hill" when I saw it. Don't ask me why...
For some reason I really enjoy visiting these huge cathedrals wherever I go. No matter if it Cologne, Milan, Florence, Rome, London, Paris, Neaples, Genoa or Dublin - I'll go there.
Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin is one of the more beautiful. Maybe not so much for the architecture, which is as beautiful in his way as anyone else, but more for the calmness that surrounds the cathedral. There is a small park just behind it, and even if a lot of cars were driving past it there were still something in the atmosphere that really appealed to me.
The Christ Church Cathedral is the oldest building in Dublin, dated all the time back to 1038. Between 1871 and 1878 it was restaurated.
According to photos I've seen of the inside here at VT it's really beautiful, but unfortunaly I arrived to the church two minutes after closing time...
Although there is an admission fee to enter, and since I really hate when they make you pay to enter God's house it was maybe better that way...
Unfortunately I didn't manage to find St Patrick's cathedral, which is said to be close to Christ Church. So only one cathedral for me in Dublin.
Well, maybe next time instead.
Christ Church Cathedral dates back to 1038 and is the oldest building in Dublin. It underwent a massive restoration in the 19th century. Particularly interesting is the crypt, which predates the cathedral. Connected to the cathedral is the exhibition "Dublinia", which contains a great deal of information about Dublin during the middle ages.
Christchurch Cathedral is one of the more beautiful cathedrals i Dublin. It also houses a whole lot of the treasures given to the church by Kings, both catholic and protestant during the years.
It's situated just next to Dublinia and there is a reduced fee to see both. Dublinia is more for the children though.
ChristChurch Cathedral is a beautiful historic building in Dublin. While I was too cheap to pay the admission price, you can go inside -- they have a medieval crypt, numerous statues, and other artifacts. It's open daily from 10am-5:30pm.
The 15 th Century Brass Medieval Lectern, unique in Ireland. At the Reformation a bible in English was placed in every church. The holes, for a chain, were to help prevent the theft of such a valuable printed book.
Was built on 1030, and briefly became a cathedral priory under the Benedictines at the end of the eleventh century. In 1162, the archbishop of Dublin, Laurence O?toole introduced the canons regular of St Augustine to the cathedral where they remained until the Reformation. The cathedral present shape dates from the 1180s rebuilding under John Cumin, the first Anglo Norman archbishop.
There have been major rstorations of the cathedral in 1284, 1330, 1358, 1461, 1562, 1588, 1608, 1829-31, 1871-78 and in 1980-82.
Christ Church is Dublin's second most famous cathedral. Its construction began in 1038, at the time of the Vikings, but it got the present shape since 1172. It underwent a too radical restoration in 1871-8.
Before entering the church you should visit Dublinia, a museum that shows you the medieval Dublin.
This cathedral is very large & many artifacts have survived in the crypt.
This cathedral is C1030 although lots of restoration work has been done.
A donation of Euro 5 is requested & you can take photographs inside.
The unusual item in this cathedral is a glass case holding a mumified cat & a rat, the cat was chasing the rat in around 1860's & got stuck in an organ pipe. When they were discovered the cat & rat were in a perfect mumified state
Wow, this place was amazing. On the one nice day I had in Dublin, I ended up wandering upon this church by total accident. With the stone grey church being outlined in a stunningly blue sky and accented beneath by the green grass and colorful flowers, Christchurch was quite the sight to finish off what was a dreary week. I can still close my eyes and see it as if I was still standing there.
This Cathedral is open to visitors Monday through Friday, 9:45 to 4:30, on Saturday it opens at 10:00 until 4:30. Sunday visitors may come at 12:45 until 2:45.
The entire church is Wheelchair accessible.
There has been a chuch of some kind or another since 1030 and it's pretty impressive inside. I don't have any pictures of he inside because I never use a camera inside a church. Admission is 5 Euro.
They have a gift shop inside that sells religious items and books on the churches history. The bells ring on Sunday 10.00 and 14.30 and I feel sorry for the folks at Jury's Inn right across the road because I hear their pretty loud.
It's worth a visit because it's a quiet and serene place after walking the busy streets of Dublin all day.