"Christchurch Cathedral" Christ Church Cathedral Tip by sarahandgareth

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin: 93 reviews and 169 photos

  Christchurch Cathedral
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Christchurch Cathedral is located in the heart of Dublin's most historic area. The first church on the site was erected in 1038, with the cathedral finished in 1240 - over seventy years after it was begun. Most of what you actually see today dates from a massive Victorian-era restoration, but that doesn't make it any less impressive.

The crypt is the most fascinating area for many visitors - it stretches under most of the nave, making it far larger than most contemporary crypts.

The stone interior is the highlight - although the various tombs and chapels are also extremely diverting, while the medieval floor tiles are gorgeous. The crypt also house the cathedral's treasury and has an excellent video program on the history of the cathedral.

Incidentally, the choir joined with the choir of neighboring St Patrick's Cathedral for the first performance of Handel's Messiah on neighboring Fishamble Street in 1742.

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

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 4, 2004
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