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Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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The resting place of writer Jonathan Swift, Saint Patrick's Cathedral represents the largest church in Ireland. Over a thousand years old, this imposing Gothic structure features a 43 m (140 ft) tall spire, one of the city's major architectural landmarks. Built in honor of Ireland's patron saint, the building stands next to an old well allegedly used by Saint Patrick to baptize converts to Christianity. Pay the small fee to sightsee inside the historical cathedral, which contains fine examples of medieval stained glass and a 4,000-pipe organ, one of Ireland's largest. Check online for a downloadable audio guide and a schedule of daily services, guided tours, and special events. See Saint Patrick's Cathedral and all Dublin has to offer by arranging your trip with our Dublin itinerary maker.
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  • St. Patrick's a very beautiful building in downtown Dublin. It rivals the architecture of Trinity College. Very good photo shoot opportunities. To be honest was rather surprised to find that it is a P...  read more »
  • The Cathedral is located in the heart of Dublin and offers visitors some nice insights and photo opportunities. The children been forgotten with activities (figures durchpauschen, listening to music). On the exploring of the Church to expand his knowledge with tablets and it contained texts and films. The entrance area is quite commercially developed with a "gift shop" what destroyed the atmosphere somewhat. The entrance fee is €6 in a reasonable range (in some sightseeing shops and hotels there are cards with €1 discount voucher, so just before this stock, then admission is only €5).
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  • There's a lot of history here, in various states of renovation, but I found it most interesting that the Cathedral has had so many "donations" that have taken up every nook & cranny with family memori...  read more »
  • I have to admit, I've seen a couple of dozen cathedrals and am a bit jaded. Therefore my review here takes a slightly different angle. Since I have seen so many cathedrals, I decided to meditate while the rest of the group toured around. Like many such places, they have a spot dedicated to prayer and/or meditation. I took my shoes and raincoat to form a little meditation cushion, which I placed such that I could sit cross-legged near to and looking at the wall, in Soto Zen style Zazen meditation. The ambience was wonderful - the stones were cool underneath my crossed legs, and the acoustics reduced the ambient noise to an echoey murmer. Even though a staff member had to come quite close to me to move a sign for an upcoming chapel session ( as I saw later), they were quite careful not to disturb me. I had a very pleasant meditation session until my son tapped me on the shoulder to tell me it was time to go. This was a very pleasant reminder that even though they are often tourist destinations, they can still serve as places of quiet contemplation (at least mentally and emotionally, if not audibly).
  • It's a nice looking cathedral and the gardens outside make a wonderful small park but I was stopped by the 6 Euro entrance fee as, after seeing the Florence Duomo and the cathedral in Santiego de Compostela, I deemed it too expensive for just a walk around a cathedral.
  • Awesome cathedral on the inside. Outside is not so impressive. A great place to go to in Dublin. You'll get great lighting and shadows on a bright sunny day inside. Skip the crappy overpriced impersonal Guinness storehouse and come here instead.
  • Gothic architecture was beautiful and quaint but overall a small cathedral. The rich context and history of the building can be better elaborated through storyboard display rather than audio guide and signs under dim light. €6 / adult for a short visit was a bit expensive.
  • I like this cathedral. The walls of the building always reminds me to a Lego one. Inside the colors are marvelous. On 25th of December there was Catholic and Anglican ceremony. The cathedral can be visited by paying a fee of entrance. Tips: You can visit the building free of charge during the ceremony, do not disturb the believers. You can make some photos after the ceremony.
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