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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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  • Built in 1899 in Irish Romanesque style, only in 1981 reached its present appearance, and then to complete it took a period of almost a hundred years. It lies along Donegal Street and the whole neighborhood that surrounds it is called "cathedral quarter". Beautiful both outside and inside, adorned with stained glass, marble and mosaics, while the South aisle is the tomb of sir Edward Carson, Irish unionist hero. Beautiful organ is the largest in Northern Ireland and the great Celtic Cross, which is also the largest in Ireland. Rating 8
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  • Fascinating Cathedral and interesting but what I most enjoyed was by far the largest Celtic Cross in Ireland.
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  • Not just neat to see just about anything the Cathedral. Historic Cathedral is certainly not. The unusual thing is that in the toilet. Is free of charge.
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  • Strange church with the spike on top of it, however it looks awesome from inside and outside.
  • I was married here on the 23-09-1972 a beautiful Cathedral 💒.
  • Peaceful and wonderful cathedral
  • Great Gothic architecture. Has the largest Celtic cross in Ireland, located on the right hand side of the building. Open for visitors most of the day when there's no mass.
  • very nice catherdral to visit