St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin

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    Ireland's biggest church

    by Henrik_rrb Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    During my last visit to Dublin I managed to miss the St Patrick's cathedral. Not that strange when one think about how lost I usually get on my sightseeing tours around Europe, but this time I had decided to definitely not miss out on it.

    St Patrick's cathedral, built in 1191, is Ireland's biggest church, and it's really impressing. Although I must admit that I thought it to be even bigger before I got there. It's built on the place where St Patrick is said to have baptised the first christians in Ireland.

    From the beginning it was made of wood, but in the 1270 the current church stood ready.
    From the beginning it was a catholic church, but in the 1500s it was transformed into a protestantic church, despite the fact that most people living around it remained catolics.
    It was also because of this the English lord protector Oliver Cromwell used the church as a stable for his horses when he invaded Ireland during the 1600s, to humiliate the catholics even further.

    For a few years (1688-1690) the church went back being catholic, but after the protestants won back Ireland in 1690 it once again became protestantic.

    Under the church are some famous persons buried, as Jonathan Swift and his wife (?) Stella.
    Swift (1667-1745), the author of "Gulliver's travels", is seen as one of the worlds best satirical writers through all times. While living in London he got to know the very young Stella. After a few stormy relationships he ended up with Stella, who it's said that he secretly married.
    During the time he also dated Vanessa, which was stupid. Mostly because she out of jealousity wrote to her rival Stella, and both the women then ended their relations with Swift. Rumous did say that it was after this, after all, that he secretly married Stella.

    After his death he was buried in St Patrick's cathedral, next to his beloved Stella.

    Sadly enough me and my travel partner arrived quite late to the cathedral, so there was never any chance to go inside. If you get the chance, take it!

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    The park around the cathedral

    by Henrik_rrb Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The park and the surrounding seen from the church
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    It might be like swearing in the church, but I actually find the park surrounding the St Patrick's cathedral more impressing than the actual church. It was a very calm atmosphere, where both young and old people sat in the park benches, enjoying the last stings of the sun for the day, while watching the cathedral, or the flowers. Me and my travel companion took a stroll around the park, which was really nice. Only problem was to get out, as all entrances/exits without one were closed.
    Make sure when they close it, so you don't get stuck in there... :) Doubt they wouldn't check for extra people in there though.

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    St. Patrick .....and Guinness

    by josephescu Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    On his journey through Ireland it is said Saint Patrick has passed through Dublin. In a well close to where the cathedral now stands, he is reputed to have baptised converts from paganism to Christianity. To commemorate his visit, a small wooden church was built on this site, one of the four Celtic parish churches in Dublin.

    In 1191, under John Comyn, the first Anglo-Norman archbishop of Dublin, Saint Patrick's was raised to the status of a cathedral and the present building, the largest church in the country, was erected between 1200 and 1270. Over the centuries as the elements, religious reformation and persecution took their toll, the cathedral fell into serious disrepair, despite many attempts to restore it. Eventually between 1860 and 1900 a full-scale restoration based on the original design, was carried out by the Guinness family. A statue of Guinness in the courtyard honours his role in the restoration.

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  • St. Patrick's Cathedral

    by Aliseeya Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    St. Patrick's Cathedral is the largest church in Dublin and an old historic building. I didn't go inside, but they have numerous artifacts and statues. It's open 9am-6pm Mon-Fri, and their weekend hours vary with the season.

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    St Patricks Cathedral

    by jo104 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Saint Patrick on his journey through Ireland is said to have passed through Dublin. In a well close to where the cathedral now stands, he is reputed to have baptised converts from paganism to Christianity. To commemorate his visit, a small wooden church was built on this site, one of the four Celtic parish churches in Dublin

    Admission Euro 4.50

    Monday - Saturday 9am - 6pm
    sunday closed between 11am & 1pm, 3pm - 4.15pm

    there is a virtual guide on the website
    The gardens next to the cathedral are very nice & landscaped.

    There are some intersting gargoyles on the outside of the building

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    St. Patrick's

    by stiab3 Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    Saint Patrick on his journey through Ireland is said to have passed through Dublin. In a well close to where the cathedral now stands, he is reputed to have baptised converts from paganism to Christianity. To commemorate his visit, a small wooden church was built on this site.

    As far as cathedrals go I wasn't too impressed. I've seen many better. There was quite a lot of info on Jonathan Swift who wrote Gulliver's Travel and was a deacon of the cathedral.

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    St Patricks Cathedral

    by elcolibri Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    St Patrick's is one of the largest cathedrals in Ireland, where cathedrals tend to be smaller than those on the continent. The present cathedral was built in an early english gothic style and was founded in 1192 by Archbishop John Comyn.It is 91 metres long and the nave is 17 metres high.
    St Patrick's Cathedral was as the tradition the site used by St Patrick for baptisms and here there was a holy well (a stone marking the site of the well was found in 1901 after the demolition of buildings nearby to form the park beside the cathedral).
    A church was established here as the late fifth century and as a interesting tip Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver's Travels was Dean of the cathedral for many years.

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    The holy well

    by elcolibri Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Stone of the Holy well

    St Patrick's Cathedral was as the tradition the site used by St Patrick for baptisms and here there was a holy well (a stone marking the site of the well was found in 1901 after the demolition of buildings nearby to form the park beside the cathedral).

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    St Patrick's Cathedral

    by ChrsStrl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The altar and East window

    According to legend this vast Protestant Cathedral was built near a well in which St Patrick baptised his Christian converts in the 5thC. Jonathon Swift was Dean here from 1713 to 1745 and is buried here. There are many monuments to the Boyle family and Ireland's largest organ. Lots of military plaques/ memorials stand as a tribute to the military prowess of the people who served throughout the world.

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    St. Patrick's Cathedral

    by Eszter Updated Apr 4, 2011

    St. Patrick's Cathedral is the largest church in Ireland. It is reputed to be on the site of a church set up by St. Patrick himself. It is one of the earliest Christian sites in Dublin. St. Patrick is said to have baptized converts from a well in the church grounds.
    It was the workplace and burial ground of the 18th-century writer, satirist and dean, Jonathan Swift.

    Opening hours:
    Monday-Friday 09.00-18.00
    Saturday 09.00-17.00
    Sunday 10.00-16.30

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    City Centre Tour VII (St Patricks Cathedral)

    by Buckz Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    St Patricks Cathedral

    Next stop is St Patricks Cathedral. Continue down Nicholas Street (standing outside Christchurch looking at Jurys Inn, the 4 lane road going down the right hand side of Jury's look for the 3 children sculpture) St Patricks is just as impressive as christchurch, but is often overlooked. Again look for gargoyles and faces in the stonework. The entrance is around the corner, on the small street on the left. After looking around, go into the park on in front of the church , and leave by the gate over by the small redbrick house.

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    After the madding crowds have gone, Charlotte...

    by morgane1692 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    itsy, bitsy spider indeed...

    ...starts back to work here. Critters such as this little spider are always around, you just might not notice them if you're here during the busy part of a day. Come here at 7p on a Sat evening in early Oct however, when even the park aspect of the church complex is shutting down and you are compelled to see the tiny details like this one. Then again, that might just be me...;-))

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    Saint Patrick's Cathedral

    by acemj Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Saint Patrick's is not Catholic. Okay, now that we've got that out of the way . . .

    It's actually more commonly known in Ireland as the "People's Cathedral" and is the Protestant Church of Ireland's national cathedral. It was originally built in wood on the spot that Saint Patrick baptized many converts in 450 A.D. In the 12th century it was built in stone and rebuilt again in the 13th century. The Minot Tower dates to the 14th century and appeared very simplistic to me, perhaps because it was built for strategic and not aesthetic purposes.

    Visiting hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday; 9-6 on Saturday and 12:30-2:30 on Sunday. The admission charge is 4 euro.

    Sunday services begin at 8:30am.

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    Interior

    by acemj Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This photo shows you the enormous proportions of St. Patrick's. In fact, it's the longest medieval church in Ireland. Near the back, on the same side that you'll enter the church is a monument to Jonathan Swift and his beloved Stella, whom he made famous in his famous writings. Both are buried here. There are numerous other monuments to friends of the church throughout the centuries.

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    St. Patrick's Cathedral

    by agarcia Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    St. Patrick's interior

    Probably Dublin's most imposing church, visiting St. Patrick's is a totally worthy activity. The history of the cathedral could be traced to the 5th century, thought the present building is a wonderful example of Gothic architecture built in the 13th century.

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