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Christ Church Cathedral, Waterford

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Christ Church Cathedral, Waterford, or more formally, the Cathedral of The Holy Trinity, Christ Church, is a cathedral of the Church of Ireland in Waterford City, Ireland. It is in the ecclesiastical province of Dublin. Previously the cathedral of the Diocese of Waterford, it is now one of six cathedrals in the United Dioceses of Cashel and Ossory.Ecclesiastical historyThe first church on the site was built in the 11th century. This was replaced in 1210 by a Gothic Cathedral. Following the Irish Reformation, a new body was established by decree of the Irish Parliament to became the State Church in the Kingdom of Ireland. The Church of Ireland, as it was named, assumed possession of most church property (and so retained a great repository of religious architecture and other items, though some were later destroyed). The substantial majority of the population remained faithful to the Latin liturgy of Roman Catholicism, despite the political and economic advantages of membership in the state church. Since Christ Church Cathedral was taken over in this way, Roman Catholic adherents were consequently obliged to worship elsewhere. In the 18th century, the city corporation recommended that the bishop erect a new building. The architect was John Roberts, who was responsible for much of Georgian Waterford.
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  • This was a reminder of the religious struggles form the time of Henry VIII. The architect was renowned and had the unusual task of building Christ Church and the Catholic Cathedral. 
  • Beautiful architecture. Wasn't quite as impressed the the inside. Still the inside is well worth the visit. Surprising that there was no admission fee. Very unusual in Ireland. We were only able to sp...  read more »
  • As one of the few free entry attractions in Waterford its worth checking out. the building itself is amazing and the ceiling is spectacular. definitely worth checking out if you have 20 min to spare w...  read more »
  • It is one of the finest georgian buildings in the country. A fascinating and very interesting cathedral well worth a visit.
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