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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.Use our Downpatrick vacation trip planner to add Down Cathedral and other attractions to your Downpatrick vacation plans.
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Visited especially to see st Patrick's grave. Lovely building Kept we'll with modern touches. Would visit again
we had a short tour with the resident guide and visited the traditional grave of St. Patrick outside the church. Much of all things here are based on handed down tradition.
Michael M C
Nice photo opportunity even on a rainy day. Presentation on the church and Saint Patrick was quite informative. After the presentation at the church, took in a video presentation at the visitor centre... read more »
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.
It's lovely to see saint Patrick again
See St Partick grave
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