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St. Anne's Cathedral, Belfast

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Architectural Building Religious Site
St Anne's Cathedral, also known as Belfast Cathedral, is a cathedral of the Church of Ireland in Donegall Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland. It is unusual in serving two separate dioceses (Connor and Down and Dromore), yet being the seat of neither (it is geographically in the Diocese of Connor), it is therefore not a cathedral in the truest sense of the word, a cathedral being a church housing the seat of a bishop. It is, however, titled as such. It is the focal point of the Cathedral Quarter, Belfast.HistoryThe first architect was Sir Thomas Drew, the foundation stone being laid on 6 September 1899 by the Countess of Shaftesbury. The old parish church of St Anne by Francis Hiorne of 1776 had continued in use, up until 31 December 1903, while the new cathedral was constructed around it; the old church was then demolished. The Good Samaritan window, to be seen in the sanctuary, is the only feature of the old church to be retained in the cathedral. Initially, only the nave of the cathedral was built, and this was consecrated on 2 June 1904.
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  • Easily reached on foot from city centre. Unfortunately we could only inspect the outside as private function was going on - would be worth organising time of visit to co-incide when open to public.  more »
  • Had an hour to spare & thought would pop in, not really church goers. Costs £3 then £2 each for a guide so £10 for a couple, not sure why we was given 2 guides, when we walked in together.. There's no...  more »
  • A beautiful venue, adapting to the times and using the space for corporate events. Felt a little odd to be drinking away (at first - got easier!), the staff and catering were excellent and it is the m...  more »
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  • Looked well from the outside thats all I saw. The area is thriving so well worth a visit
  • Lovely building. You have to pay £5 to go further than the entrance barrier, but you get a handout with some information to do a self guided tour. It seems a bit expensive for the amount there is to see, but it was nice, with some lovely stained glass windows
  • One of the most beautiful building in Belfast. It's said that it was build in the late 1700s. The entry is free and if you are lucky you might get to hear the choir and the organs play. Recommend!
  • Beautiful cathedral, visited in st Patrick day and was not charged to get in.
  • Beautiful building right in the heart of the city. Can be seen from afar with it's toothpick style spire.

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