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 tour planner.
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  • Such as now, large, built of grey stone, marble floors, not particularly honestly (as a layman). A striking number of praying people, which requires discipline and respect of the tourists (we were witnessing an incident where that respect unfortunately failed)
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  • Very nice building young, massive and wide. Very clean inside but impressive by its height.
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  • It's big!!! Beautiful and peaceful. Worth a visit and only a stones throw from the main streets of Galway city  more »
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  • What an exquisite cathedral. It is very modern and very much worth a visit. It also have a beautiful organ that is a joy to hear. I believe a former Cardinal of the Boston diocese was influential in its being built.
  • Very impressive build. Nice peaceful and quiet cathedral. Must visit if you are in Galway.
  • Beautiful cathedral to visit while in Galway. It's free too! It's not that old so you aren't getting a bunch of history but it is pretty. And it's also massive.
  • Galway Cathedral is a beautiful place to visit while in Galway, just a short walk from the city center to see some beautiful architecture.
  • What a beautiful piece of architecture with a rich history. I wasn't able to attend Mass but praying in the alcoves was very meditative

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Stay at the center of Ireland's "Most Irish City," Galway City, by booking a hotel or hostel near Eyre Square, from which all city sights are walkable. If you prefer accommodation with more character, stay at a charming guesthouse or bed and breakfast just outside of the center, or look for lodging in the city's Latin Quarter, a bohemian neighborhood lined with cafes, galleries, and pubs. If you want to explore Galway County, book accommodations in the city, since it's a tourism and transportation hub on the West Coast. If you prefer the quiet countryside, seek out small, family-owned guesthouses on the Aran Islands or a cottage on the Connemara Peninsula.
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