St Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork

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Visit William Burges' first Victorian work of architecture: St Fin Barre's Cathedral. The famed architect oversaw every detail of the church's construction during his lifetime, and the result is considered the best example of Burges' ecclesiastical work. Go inside to see the ornate interior with gold inlay and green- and rose-colored marble. The effect of the interior is enhanced by a refurbished organ dating back to the cathedral's construction in the 19th century. The church remains active and is supported by a vibrant congregation; consider attending a service or organ concert to round out your visit. Make St Fin Barre's Cathedral a centerpiece of your Cork vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Cork travel itinerary maker.
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  • August 16, 2017
    The building itself is undeniably beautiful both inside and out- but I don't understand what the entrance fee is for as there was no literature or guide given. It is worth a look if you can avail of a...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Beautiful Cathedral, as well from the outside than from the inside. However, you should know that she can visit quickly and that each person must pay £5 to visit. Expensive therefore.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Quite small as cathedrals go but really beautiful and peaceful.You also get a pamphlet showing you points of interest in the cathedral with information about it all. Staff very friendly. Garden is bea...  more »
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  • June 19, 2017
    Very nice and old style Gothic like cathedral that takes you back in time.
  • March 26, 2017
    Driving along a street in Cork and came across this gorgeous cathedral. I'm not an expert however believe the style is Gothic. The iron fence surrounding the property was a great addition to the picture of the church in the background.
  • October 30, 2016
    Unfortunately there was a service on at the time of our visit so we were unable to go inside but if the exterior is anything to go by it is probably absolutely stunning! From the outside you can see a large circular part of the building which I can only assume is a side chapel. I'm sorry to hear that they actually charge you to go in because we are all happy to give what we can afford which will be more for some than others and it will prevent people who want to go in for quiet prayer too.
  • April 15, 2017
    Absolutely wonderful place. You should go to the Gardens, that are very beautiful
  • January 2, 2017
    Beautiful cathedral. A few gentlemen were having fun at the organ. Just AWESOME!

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