St. Patrick‘s cathedral

It is said that at the location of the beautiful St. Patrick’s cathedral in Dublin, Ireland, in the year 450 a spring existed in which Saint Patrick baptised new believers. Later a wooden chapel was built there and from 1191 on it became what it is today: the largest church of Ireland. It is 91 meters long and the tower has a height of 43 meters. In 1860 massive restoration works were necessary, financed by Benjamin Guinness (you know his profession). Most parts of the walls and decorations, therefore, come from the Victorian age.

As always you can find different graves within. The best-known person buried here is Jonathan Swift, the author of Gulliver’s Travels. He was working for this community for more than 30 years. Visiting the church is currently a rather unholy experience: Long queues form in front of it, you’ll have to pay an entrance fee of 8 Euros (really!) and there are large souvenir shops inside. That feels a bit odd but the church is as beautiful from the inside as it is from the outside and I wouldn’t omit looking inside.

St. Patrick‘s cathedral
St. Patrick’s close
Wood Quay
Dublin / Baile Átha Cliath
Ireland / Éire

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