Christ Church Cathedral

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Awash in splendid Gothic and Romanesque semblances, the imposing Christ Church Cathedral underlines both, magnificence and might. The church is one of Dublin's two Anglican cathedrals and has stood on this site since AD 600. The present building was founded in 1172 by Strongbow, the Anglo-Norman conqueror of Dublin. In the hundreds of years since, the building has weathered many changes of design, and periods of steady deterioration. Since 1870 however, the Cathedral has been gradually and sensitively restored. The cathedral houses some of the remains of Strongbow, a pair of monumental, carved statues, aged books, altar artifacts, a casket containing the heart of St Laurence (the patron saint of Dublin), a tabernacle and candlesticks used by James II in 1689 when the Latin Mass was briefly celebrated. Furthermore, the cathedral is complete with a string of archways, a smattering of stained glass windows, and one of Ireland's largest crypts. The cathedral choir is one of the finest in Ireland.

Location:  Christchurch Place

Business hours:  Jan-Dec - Su 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Jun-Sep - Mo-Sa 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Jun-Sep - Su 4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Mar-May - Mo-Sa 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Mar-May - Su 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m., Oct-Feb - Mo-Sa 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.