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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  • The great churches like the Vatican, Notre Dame, Cologne, etc.. are open free to the public; Here you are being charged the entry! I refused and have done some photos through the window.
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  • this is a beautiful cathedral but I think the spire that was put on in the last ten years looks awful and really doesn't fit with the rest of the architecture.  more »
  • This cathedral is close enough to the centre but it is somewhat disappointing internally in terms of expectations. And like much of Belfast externally it needs power washing  more »
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  • Extremely beautiful cathedral. A must see. But you may not want to go in if there are tourist coaches outside. There's gift shops inside with souvenirs. Guided tours. Help/information desk inside. And placards on the walls to explain what's what. Oh, I think there's a charge, but I can't remember how much!!!
  • Amazing historical building right in the middle of belfast. Called in to have a few moments of reflection and then have a quick look around. To my dismay we were asked to pay £5 each entrance fee!!!! I have been in many religious places in my time and I have never ever had to pay an admission fee. We would have expected to see a donation box as funds are needed for the upkeep of these beautiful historic buildings and we would gladly made one - but £10 for a 20min visit is just a bit much for me. Maybe some people can afford it but some can't.....
  • This is an absolutely breathtaking Church in the heart of Belfast City Centre. Their daily Choral Evensong service is a real treat, and I highly recommend it.
  • I felt like and church mouse in the vast building..the Titanic tapestry was beautiful.
  • Cathedral bustling with tourists, however, this is the only attraction in the area..
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