Down Cathedral, Downpatrick

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Down Cathedral, the Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, is a Church of Ireland cathedral located in the town of Downpatrick in Northern Ireland. It stands on Cathedral Hill overlooking the town. It is one of two cathedrals in the Diocese of Down and Dromore (the other is Dromore Cathedral) in the Province of Armagh. The cathedral is centre point in Downpatrick.HistoryIt is an ancient ecclesiastical site with a church dedicated to the Holy Trinity recorded in the 12th century. In 1124 St Malachy became Bishop of Down, and set about repairing and enlarging the Cathedral. In 1177, John de Courcy (Norman conqueror of Ulster) brought in Benedictine monks and expelled Augustinian monks settled there by St Malachy. By 1220 this building was in ruins and was further damaged by an earthquake in 1245. The Cathedral was burned by Edward Bruce in 1315 and subsequently rebuilt and destroyed several times. In 1538 the monastery was suppressed and then destroyed in 1539 by Lord Leonard Grey, the Lord Deputy of Ireland, who stabled horses there. The destruction of the Cathedral was one of the charges for which Grey was executed in 1541. For two centuries after that it lay in ruins. In 1778 John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, visited and described it as a noble ruin. A Round Tower close to the Cathedral was taken down in 1790.
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  • Probably. Maybe. There is a big marker to the side of the church that says . But the stone was placed there in 1900. The church acknowledges St. Patrick was likely buried beneath the current church gr...  more »
  • A very nice Church where St. Patrick should be buried udefor We had a guide joy to tell a little about the Church, and that in the old days, it was also katelog when ordering glass images were bestillet in this way in 1800
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  • Down Cathedral is five minutes walk from the center of information about Saint Patrick (St. Patrick) and next to the cemetery this buried the Saint. It's not a Catholic Cathedral, unlike you can imagine because St. Patrick's day Saint who had a mission to evangelize to Catholicism to Ireland, but it's a very bucolic and propitious to let our thoughts flow
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  • A lovely Experience. Lovely Town.
  • My old school cathedral. Great for Christmas carolling. Beautiful building, interesting history; even has St Paddy buried within the grounds!
  • I really wanted to visit st Patrick's grave and had a prayer. It's very emotional place. I appreciate I could see and touch st Patrick's stone.
  • Really helpful staff
  • lovely cathedral with beautiful views

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