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.
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  • August 19, 2017
    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 »
  • August 14, 2017
    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 »
  • August 12, 2017
    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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  • July 5, 2017
    Looked well from the outside thats all I saw. The area is thriving so well worth a visit
  • March 11, 2017
    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
  • January 29, 2017
    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!
  • July 4, 2017
    Beautiful cathedral, visited in st Patrick day and was not charged to get in.
  • March 6, 2017
    Beautiful building right in the heart of the city. Can be seen from afar with it's toothpick style spire.

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