St. Patrick's Cathedral (Church of Ireland), Armagh

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St Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh is the seat of the Archbishop of Armagh in the Church of Ireland. It is found in Armagh, Northern Ireland. It is also the cathedral of the Diocese of Armagh.HistoryThe origins of the cathedral are related to the construction in 445 of stone church on the Druim Saileach hill by St. Patrick, around which a monastic community developed. The church was and is the centre of the Church of Ireland. Following the Henrician Reformation in Ireland the cathedral became increasingly associated with the then Established Church and has been definitively in Anglican hands since the reign of Elizabeth I. A Roman Catholic cathedral was built on a neighbouring hill in the nineteenth century. Cordial relations exist between both cathedrals.The church itself has been destroyed and rebuilt 17 times. The edifice was renovated and restored under Dean Eoghan McCawell at the start of the sixteenth century having suffered from a devastating fire in 1511 and being in poor shape. Soon after his death the cathedral was described by Lord Chancellor Cusack as ‘one of the fairest and best churches in Ireland’. Again it was substantially restored between 1834 and 1840 by Archbishop Lord John George Beresford and the architect Lewis Nockalls Cottingham. The fabric remains that of the mediaeval buildings but much restored. While Cottingham was heavy-handed in his restoration the researches of T. G. F. Patterson and Janet Myles in the late twentieth century have shown the restoration to have been notably antiquarian for its time. The tracery of the nave windows in particular are careful restorations as is the copy of the font. The capital decoration of the two western most pillars of the nave are mediaeval as are the bulk of the external gargoyle carvings of the parapet of the Eastern Arm. Cottingham's intention of retaining the richly cusped West Door with flanking canopied niches was over-ruled. Subsequent restorations have more radically altered the internal proportions of the mediaeval building, proportions which Cottingham had retained.
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  • August 10, 2017
    History, On the site of the first Church in Ireland by St. Patrick. First, Catholic, Protestant and Catholics then so did build a new St. Patrick 1840.
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  • July 27, 2017
    Having lived in Armagh for almost 20 years and visiting the CoI Cathedral many times, I'm ashamed to say I had no idea there were such beautiful gardens on the grounds! The manicured hedges and the be...  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    Perhaps we are spoiled from all the cathedrals we've been to in Italy, Spain, and France, as well as the Vatican. It just doesn't have that "Wow" factor that we were expecting. I wasn't expecting "Not...  more »
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  • I had a sacred experience in this beautiful and historic church.
  • Spectacular, breathtaking building and beautiful walled gardens 🙂
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  • The St. Patrick's Cathedral is a beautiful Church. From this place you can also see the whole City of Armagh
  • Nicely built. Easier to get around than other cathedral.

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