"The original central point in the city" Christ Church Cathedral Tip by Ruai

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin: 93 reviews and 169 photos


Initially begun in 1030, while Dublin was still a Norse city, albeit under Irish control, Christchurch has been extensively rebuilt over the centuries, most recently in the late 19th century. It stands in the oldest part of Dublin, near Dublin castle. It is mainly gothic in form, with some surviving Romanesque touches. There is a small fee to go in but its well worth it. There?s a good bit to see in the Cathedral, which has played a central part in the life of the city since its erection, serving as a repository for important records, having the main courts of the city in its grounds and being given a central role in the sealing of business deals in the middle ages (when parties would swear an oath at the tomb of Strongbow, leader of the Norman invaders of Ireland in the 12th century). Christchurch has an excellent boys choir, established in 1480 (wasn?t till 1995 a girls choir was established). One of the choir?s proudest moments was in 1742, when in company with the choir of St Patrick?s Cathedral it gave the first performance of Handel?s Messiah.

In the 12th century, under Archbishop (and later patron Saint of the city) Lawrence O?Toole, the Augustinian order was established at Christchurch. In 1541, with the English reformation, the last Augustinian Prior and his Chapter neatly became the first Dean and Chapter of the reformed Church (the ruins of the Augustinian chapter house can be seen in the grounds). Since then, Christchurch has been a church of the Anglican communion (the Anglican Church of Ireland was the state church in Ireland until its disestablishment in 1871: unlike in England, it never gained the adherence of more than a small proportion of the general Irish population). As the main church of the Ascendancy during the centuries of English rule, Christchurch has a large number of monuments and inscriptions on the walls and in the crypt.

Address: Lord Edward Street, Dublin 2
Directions: Christ Church Place, Lord Edward St.
Phone: +353 1 677 8099
Website: http://www.cccdub.ie/

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  • Written Apr 1, 2007
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