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. Plan to visit St Fin Barre's Cathedral during your Cork vacation using our convenient Cork trip planner .
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  • I was in Cork visiting St Fin Barre Cathedral when the snows from storm Emma hit. It made the cathedral even more beautiful and ensured I had the place to myself . As I was looking lost one of the loc...  more »
  • The outward appearance and the surroundings of the Cathedral are magnificent! manicured gardens and interesting. Unfortunately I came in Sunday afternoon's closed and in any case are not so much a lover of this type of structures to pay an entrance fee. Definitely a must for anyone but the genre.
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  • This architectural masterpiece, which is the most famous monument of Cork, was built between 1862 and 1879 under the direction of the English architect William Burges. Hotel is located close to the Centre of Cork on the spot where Finbarr, patron, had founded his monastery in the 7th century. The exterior features Gothic elements and is full of spires, the Interior has mosaic floors and contains 1260 sculptures with scenes from the old and New Testaments. Beautiful golden Angel with two trumpets that resides on an external dome. Beautiful church, but still less than the beauty of the Italian ones, in my opinion.
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  • Stunning Gothic revival cathedral! Lovely churchyard too, with a meditation labyrinth to boot. Peaceful. Made us forget the cold.
  • Absolutely incredible! The organist and singer were practicing during my visit, and it sound amazing. The architecture is beautiful. This is my favorite Cathedral of any I've visited ever.
  • I found this historic structure quite beautiful, grandiose and overwhelming. The grounds are meticulously maintained and present a park like atmosphere that is very conducive to meditation. I spent an hour touring the grounds. The church structure could use a good cleaning though.
  • Place itself has a long history and a good atmosphere. Good place for a walk. My kids like to run outside. Cathedrale is big and quite interesting, but has no charm. It's worth to visit the fortress next to it also.
  • Words cannot describe how amazing this cathedral is!! A must see for sure
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