Down Cathedral, Downpatrick

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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  • Attended a very good Choir Concert of Agnus Dei and Stainers Crucifixion in Down Cathedral and Organ playing by the well known Organist Stephen Hamill. The Cathedral is a very grand building, imposing...  more »
  • Great weather today added to the experience of visiting the cathedera l and given a guided tour and information . Beautiful surroundings and views  more »
  • The lady on the deak was most helpful when we went in to visit. The cathedral has wonderful box pews and some great stained glass. A concert was being organised so there were lots of technicians setti...  more »
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  • A truly lovely cathedral. And full of history. Just out back is where Saint Patrick (yes THE Saint Patrick) is buried. It was special to visit this place. They were very welcoming inside and directed us to where St Patrick's gravestone is. I recommend stopping by to anyone who is in the area. They also throw a big St Patty's Day celebrating in the town, if you're interested!
  • History and beauty. More free literature would be nice.
  • This is a beautiful peacefull house of the lord that all should see and enjoy
  • Interesting old cathedral, St Patrick's grave is here.
  • My old school cathedral. Great for Christmas carolling. Beautiful building, interesting history; even has St Paddy buried within the grounds!
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