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Galway Cathedral, Galway
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Tour Galway Cathedral, one of the most architecturally notable buildings in the city. Built in 1958 on the grounds of a former prison, the site is officially named Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and Saint Nicholas. Admire the Renaissance-style dome and pillars, along with the church's rose windows and intricate mosaics. The dome, at 44.2 m (145 ft), can be seen on Galway's skyline. Visit for Mass, held every day, to listen to the organ play and choir sing. Work out when and for how long to visit Galway Cathedral and other Galway attractions using our handy Galway trip generator.
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  • Galway was the first stop on our trip to Ireland. The Cathedral is very impressive. A work of art.
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  • Amazing interior, both construction and lighting are perfect to hallucinate a while nothing more etrar. I certainly recommend it; essential photo for souvenir album. As a peculiarity, the altar is in the Center, and the banks oriented towards this.
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  • Not much of churchy kind of a guy but I was with my parents and they wanted to go. There was a wedding on as we went in, So we returned later in the evening. It is a truly fabulous building well worth...  more »
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  • A massive renaissance style cathedral built between 1958 to 1965 making this the last great stone Cathedral to be built in Europe. Don't just pass near it. Attend a mass here, on Christmas is a magical ancient but at the same time a modern place.
  • Great place to visit. Very peaceful and it's only 50 years old. Although it looks older. Worth visiting if you like good architecture. It would be useful for tourists if there was a tea or coffee shop.
  • It's really interesting to see a fairly new cathedral (finished in 1965) to compare to the much older ones in Ireland. And this one stands up well in comparison, without just being a copy of the older ones. I could imagine this building standing in 500 or 1000 years and people then being impressed by the workmanship and architecture.
  • Clean, beautiful and full of light. Paying for toilets is kind of a shame though (not just here, but also anywhere else)
  • Spectacular building. Definitely worth a visit if your coming to Galway.