"Strongbow" Christchurch Cathedral Tip by Kentbein

Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin: 21 reviews and 20 photos

  Strongbow (Richard de Clare)
by Kentbein

Favorite thing: Remember how when we first entered the building we discussed the importnace of our donations? Here's a good example of why they are so important.

Strongbow was enclosed in a metal coffin in the 1180's (+/-) to lie safely and peacefully -he thought- within the protection of this marvelous cathedral whose construction he initiated.

Unfortunately for him though, through neglect of maintaining this magnificent building, some of its walls and nave roof collapsed right on top of his tomb in the year 1562, disturbing his perpetual sleep and completely destroying his tomb.

The reconstruction effort repairing the Cathedral's and destruction, lasted until the 1870s! The north nave wall has leaned out by 46cm / 18 inches since then, and is now known as "the leaning wall of Dublin".

This replica of his coffin, relocated from Drogheda, "possibly" contains maybe some of his remains, and is prominantly displayed in the Cathedral as shown here. There's a small portion of what is thought to be a part of the original tomb displayed alongside this replica .

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 9, 2004
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