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. Using our world travel planner, Cork attractions like St. Anne's Church can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Cork, second largest town for locals after Dublin, has an interesting medieval centre. Here, in the District of Shandon, there is this beautiful 18th-century Catholic Church, built precisely in 1808 in neo-Gothic style. Beautiful architecture with a magnificent tower that is the symbol of Cork and a Bell Tower from which you can admire a beautiful view of the city. Inside there is a baptismal font dating from 1629 and a range of very fine stained glass Windows. Interesting to watch as well as the city which is well worth a visit.
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  • A great indoor experience for family. Few spots are tight to navigate with kids. But the views from top are amazing. Totally worth the effort. Choose a clear day for best views  more »
  • This can be 100% chalked up to my own ignorance, but I was not prepared for this tour. The endless winding stone staircases with the earmuffs on and the narrow passageways were far too much for me. At...  more »

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