St. Anne's Cathedral, Belfast

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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.In 1924 it was decided to build the west front of the cathedral as a memorial to the Ulstermen and women who had served and died in World War I. The foundation stone for this was laid by Governor of Northern Ireland, the Duke of Abercorn on 2 June 1925 and the completed facade, to an amended design by the architect Sir Charles Archibald Nicholson, was dedicated in June 1927.
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  • Visited with hubby as part of our Belfast City tour. An absolutely beautiful Cathedral radiating light. There are 4 services a day. There is a £5 entrance fee which includes a guidebook, £6 if you wan...  more »
  • I have never really resented paying an entrance fee to a cathedral, I believe it all goes towards a good cause. However, I feel that a £5 per adult charge is too steep for this cathedral. There are so...  more »
  • As in all the Ireland, have to pay an admission fee to visit the Cathedral but a very well designed issue is given in French. The Interior is very clear and we can admire the beautiful stained glass windows so those of the ambulatory, the mosaic of St Patrick, the chapel of unity, and the blade of the Titanic which crosses are embroidered in memory of the victims of the shipwreck. The Cathedral of St. Anne so worth a visit.
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  • I was expecting maybe too much. The Church is very original, but a bit simple too.
  • Too expensive! All I wanted to do was meditate and explore the cathedral. P.S. the parking is way too expensive too.
  • 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!

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