John's Lane Church, Dublin

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John's Lane Church opened in 1874 on the site of St. John's Hospital (founded c. 1180). It is located on Thomas Street, Dublin, close to the centre of the medieval city, and is served by the Augustinian Order.HistoryThe original hospital on the site was constructed by Aelred the Palmer, a Norman living in Dublin, after a home-coming from an pilgrimage to the Holy Land. He founded a monastery of Crossed Friars under the Rule of St. Augustine who would also manage a hospital close-by, the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem. The monastery was dedicated to St. John the Baptist and stood just outside the city walls, and so was known as St. John's church without Newgate.In 1316 Edward Bruce marched towards Dublin at the head of his army, with the intention of besieging the city. The Dublin citizens, to prevent any danger from his approach, by common consent set fire to Thomas Street, but the flames laid hold of St. John's church and burned it to the ground, together with all the nearby suburbs.About the commencement of the 18th century an Augustinian Prior rented for their use as a chapel a stable on the western side of St. John's Tower, a surviving fragment of the Hospital. About 1740, on the site of part of the Hospital, was erected a small church 60ft by 24ft, which was considerably extended 40 years later.In 1860 it was decided to build a new church. The architect was Edward Welby Pugin, whose father was Augustus Welby Pugin, and assisted by his Irish partner and brother-in-law George C. Ashlin a native of Cork.
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  • July 27, 2017
    It's breathtaking to see this splendour. We can imagine the builders who took by this construction. Which survives time. The Interior is beautiful and leaves us speechless. We have to accept that I time stops to experience all the benefits of this must visit to dublin.
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  • July 17, 2017
    This church is a tad busy at the gold level, what makes ostentatious, a sort of representation of the bad taste to ecclesiastical fashion. It's too bad, because there is the potential in terms of architecture.
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  • July 2, 2017
    Well worth a visit-if just to sit for a few moments and admire the beautiful architecture, ceiling and stained glass windows. John Ruskin described the church as "a poem in stone". It really is beauti...  more »
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  • March 30, 2017
    Lovely church. No fee. Daily service. Beautiful architecture. Well worth a visit. Walking distance from Christ Church.
  • June 18, 2017
    Very beautiful church. The stained glass was impressive.
  • February 2, 2017
    A beautiful stand out location with very impressove stature. Great design. Very impressive.
  • February 5, 2017
    One of the most beautiful churches in Dublin and it's free entrance! ☺
  • May 7, 2016
    Middle of the day and no one around but me. Nice to visit a church without any tourist gift shops. Beautiful.

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