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Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin

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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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  • Advantage is it Korean Guidebook. Compared to other European cathedrals and small just so. That's compared to the entrance fee to pay. This guidebook provides a variety of languages. The quality of the facilities.
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  • Once you enter you are pretty much left to awkwardly wonder the place on your own. Most of the people there were hiding from the rain, and could have benefited from a guide to make this experience mem...  more »
  • OK, it's a beautiful church, but call it seems a little exaggerated Cathedral ... If that is a cathedral, then our Milan Cathedral?
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  • Where: St Patrick's Cathedral - Dublin, Ireland What: A Cathedral in Dublin How was it: It's a special Cathedral with lots of history. No matter the price to get in 5 or 10 euros we are ok with that. We even purchased some books and souvenirs inside. It's quite massive inside and you can view the monuments. It felt rich in history and we enjoyed our visit. We also spent a little time in the park just outside. Grade: Eli = 5, Serge = 5 Recommend: Yes, see this place to change the city scene a little.
  • Although I am not a fan of old church buildings, this was an interesting visit for sure. We didn't plan enough time to take it all in (less than an hour) but you wouldn't need more than 3. There was a lot to see in the way of history around here and they do let you take pictures. Definitely worth your time, even if you are not of a religious background. There are plenty of incredible artifacts to view up close and a lot to see.
  • 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.
  • It doesn't if you're not Catholic or religious, beauty is found here. I enjoyed visiting the cathedral and contemplating all its details. I recommend it as a mandatory visit.