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St. Peter and Paul's Church, Cork

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Saints Peter and Paul's Church is a Catholic church located just off St Patrick's Street in Cork City, Ireland.HistoryPeter and Paul's was built to replace Carey's Lane Chapel, a much smaller structure built in 1786. Under the guidance of Archdeacon John Murphy, a design competition was run in the 1850s and won by E. W. Pugin, son of Augustus Pugin. The foundation stone was laid on 15 August 1859 and the church was dedicated for worship on 29 June 1866.ArchitectureThe church comprises a central nave with gable roof and two aisles. The walls are of red sandstone with limestone dressing. The aisles are at either side of the nave, which is covered with a gable roof. The ridge of the roof is decorated by ornamental ironwork, partly gilt, terminated at the western gable by an ornamental cross with foliated arms.The grand altar is carved from 36 tons of Carrara marble. The pavements surrounding the altar, and the steps, are all of white Italian vein marble. The apse is decorated with blue and gold ceiling panels. The flooring of the church is in white and black marble.The pulpit and confessionals were carved from Russian oak by craftsmen from Leuven and Cork.
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A destination in and of itself, Cork City has a dense center with plenty of hotels and hostels. Head north of the city center for affordable options like mid-range hotels and guesthouses. From here, you can walk or bike to all of the sights in the heart of the city. If everything is booked, or if you've simply come to explore the city's surrounding nature, check out the campgrounds about ten minutes from the center of town by car. There are also a number of charming bed and breakfasts, guesthouses, and other pensions in the outskirts, which can be a good option if you're using the city as a base for exploring the sights of Cork County.
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  • I always wanted to see where my Mother grew up. She was born on Lower Oliver Plunkett. She lived there until 1915 and emigrated to the US with her Mother and baby Brother. My Grandfather had come over...  more »
  • This church is incredible! The craftsmanship of the stained glass, marble pillars, carved confessionals and more was amazing. Would have loved to take pictures inside, but several people were in there...  more »
  • St Peter and Paul's Church is a perfect refuge from the hustle and bustle of Patrick Street and Plunkett Street. Its gothic revival interior is serenity itself, particularly the 3/4 life-size angel la...  more »
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  • A really beautiful church. Surprisingly small to me.
  • One of the best churches in the city , either for worship or architecture
  • The church is nicely decorated with some stunning stained glass. I did expect it to be a bit bigger though.
  • Nothing special from outside but stunning inside with a mix of stone and wood. Nice mass on Sunday evening.
  • Father McCarthy does a lovely mass. I love when you sing in Latin at the end. God bless all our priest's.