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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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  • We arrived in Downpatrick where St. Patrick is buried. It was Sunday, so everything was closed, and mass was being conducted in the Cathedral (yes, also called St. Patrick’s). We stopped in the visito...  more »
  • The Cathedral is in a beautiful setting and has a history to tell. We were fortunate enough to hear a lady docent give us a review of the history including St Patrick's influence. There is a grave mar...  more »
  • We had friends down from Derry so wanted to show of our town took them to lots of places but they really enjoyed the down cathedral for its beauty and history behind it great place we to check out  more »
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  • 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.
  • Wonderful Cathedral in the heart of Downpatrick which is the burial place of Saints Patrick, Brigid, and Columba!
  • Saint Patrick's grave at Down Cathedral, beautiful and moving!
  • The Down Cathedral, build in Medieval architecture style, is very famous for being the burial place of Saint Patrick, the primary patron saint of Ireland, who have died in the year 461.

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