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The Cathedral of St Mary & St Anne, Cork

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The Cathedral of Saint Mary and Saint Anne is a Roman Catholic cathedral located in Cork, Ireland. It is the seat of the Bishop of Cork and Ross, and the mother church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cork and Ross.HistoryThe cathedral was dedicated in 1808, but was extensively damaged by an act of arson in 1820. George Richard Pain undertook the restoration of the cathedral. In 1964, the sanctuary of the cathedral was extended, a sanctuary tower added, and the internal layout reorganised.The most recent large-scale works were undertaken at the cathedral in 1996. The tower and sanctuary were renovated and refurbished, the roof was re-slated and the gothic ceiling was repaired. External stonework of the cathedral was also repointed. The cathedral closed for the duration of the works.
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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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  • The Cathedral is the oldest of the two Cathedrals in the city. The Cathedral which is of neo-gothic revilalist design was originally built in 1828 but was partially destroyed in the same year by fire....  more »
  • It was a large building; but it looked more impressive from below looking up at it on the top of the hill than standing right in front of it. I was expecting it to be more ornate. The interior was muc...  more »
  • the exterior is almost medieval, or protestant church-like... inside i was surprised by the very modern decor and the quality of the light. the baptismal font is set in a very modern yet very medieval...  more »
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  • Also known as "The North Chapel". Dominates the local area.
  • The Cathedral /Shandon area is the most historic area of Cork City. It was the heart of the Irish beef trade and the centre of the Worldwide butter trade, based in the Cork Butter Exchange. The area has a host of historic buildings, some still performing the function for which they where built many centuries ago, such as Skiddy's Almhouse, St. Anne's Shandon, and of course the Cathedral of St Mary and St Anne. Others, like the Firkin Crane, have found new life as cultural centers.
  • Nice church a short walk from the Cork city center. Its a small charge to enter but inside you have the opportunity to go upstairs and ring the church bells as well as get a very nice view of the city.
  • The renovations ruined it. Now very modern and not like a traditional cathedral. An absolute disgrace what they did to it
  • Huge Catholic Church With High Ceilings and Details