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St. Anne's Church, Cork
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Explore one of the city's most prominent landmarks and ring its legendary at bells at St. Anne's Church. Overlooking the River Lee, this 18th-century church is a symbol of the city and was made famous by the 19th-century song "The Bells of Shandon." Already deeply historical, the building is also remarkable because of its construction of red sandstone from the original Shandon castle and limestone from the now derelict Franciscan Abbey. Though the renovated interior is fairly modern in design, it boasts an array of interesting treasures including a christening font from 1629. Ascend the narrow staircase to ring the centuries-old church bells and see spectacular views of Cork. Those on a tight schedule can bypass the clock tower; known by locals as "The Four-Faced Liar," the time it gives depends on the wind and the angle of the viewer. Before you head to Cork, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Cork holiday planner, to make sure you see all that Cork has to offer, including St. Anne's Church.
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  • I visited the church for a few times now. The scriptures inside the church date back to the 1600s and 1700s. The church hosts many choral events. 
  • Liked the weather vane a lot - it features a golden salmon (representing good fishing on the River Lee?). The salmon and spire can be seen from far away and also close up, if you visit the Shandon com...  more »
  • The city view is truly spectacular and definitely worth it. Eye, though, to climb to the top of the last part of stairs is very steep and narrow, and halfway you have to fit together like tetris to switch next to the bells. Not recommended unless you are in decent shape. To ring the bells they pull the strings marked with a letter, and there is a big book with some famous tunes encoded with letters.
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