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"St Patrick's Cathedral" St. Patrick's Cathedral Tip by sarahandgareth

St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin: 55 reviews and 126 photos

  Dark Stained Glass in St Patrick's
by sarahandgareth

St Patrick's Cathedral is just down the street from Christ Church: it seems remarkable to have two such buildings little more than a stone's throw from each other.

The park next to the church is reputedly a site where St Patrick made several conversions in the fifth century, and while a church was built on the spot, the present building dates 'only' to the twelfth century. The cathedral has had many ups and downs - some of them paralleling the turbulence of the Reformation. It has been restored on many occasions, most recently in an extensive mid-nineteenth century overhaul funded in part by the Guinness family. At one point in the late 1700s, the cathedral was in such parlous shape that services had to be suspended for some years.

The Cathedral's most famous Dean was Jonathan Swift, author of, among other tomes, Gulliver's Travels. Born in Ireland, he aspired to a bishopric in England, but his outspoken nature and his role as a political gadfly meant that he was given a relatively quiet place in Dublin. Even today, many people refer to him as Dean Swift rather than using his first name.

Take a moment, while here, to look at the plaques commemorating the many, many Irish people who fought and died in the British army - from Amritsar to Ypres. The roll of the dead from the First World War is especially moving - even more so when you recall that many Irish people saw those soldiers as an embarrassment once Ireland achieved independence a few years later. It's only in the very recent past that they are being accorded the respect they deserve.

Address: St Patrick's Close, Dublin
Phone: +353-1-453 9472

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  • Updated Aug 4, 2004
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