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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 safe home-coming from an arduous 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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  • I saw a lot of churches in Dublin, this one is really impressive. It is not far away from Christ Church cathedral, as well as on the way to Guinness factory. 
  • This church is in the middle of Guinness land and it does not have its own grounds but is sandwiched in between buildings. Yet at the same time, one will remember this because it has a very distinctiv...  more »
  • The Church of St. Augustine of Hippo and St. John the Baptist also known as John's Lane is located shortly after Christ Church, towards the Guinness Storehouse. Of worship, I was struck by the beauty of the Romanesque campanile-over 65 meters, among the highest in the city-and façade overall. Cute inside and being a working Church and not a Museum, free admission.
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  • Middle of the day and no one around but me. Nice to visit a church without any tourist gift shops. Beautiful.
  • A must visit for anyone with an interest in stained glass. The church is home to three windows from the Harry Clarke studio and many more.
  • Good looking find. Picturesque fascade
  • I walk by this church every day and see tourists taking photographs from the opposite of the street. I always encourage them to cross over and go inside - it's one of the most impressive Churches in Dublin and should be on every visitors must see list.
  • Wonderful architectural jewel and we'll worth stopping by on the way to the Storehouse