Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin
Fee-Paying Tourist Attraction in Ireland #16
Christ Church is a huge Cathedral that stands in the very heart of Dublin City centre. It is located a matter of only a few hundred yards from Trinity College, O'Connell Street, The GPO, Grafton Street and St. Stephen's Green. The Cathedral was founded in the eleventh century, sometime after 1028. King Sitric Silkenbeard built the original structure at Wood Quay, originally a Viking settlement. After the Anglo-Norman invasion led by the famous Strongbow the Chrich was rebuilt in stone, comprising the construction of a choir, some choir aisles and transepts, the crypt and chapels. It is a magnificent building, heavily Gothic in style.
A tour of the Cathedral could take 30 to 60 minutes and can be self-serviced using the handy map and explanatory leaflet available at the entrance.
The Cathedral contains the tomb of Strongbow, a medieval crypt with the oldest known secular carvings in Ireland, the stocks made in 1670 and used for the punishment of offenders. The crypt is also home to an audio-visual display and a small cafe. The stunning floor-tiles make for a great photo opportunity. The Cathedral is joined by an enclosed bridge to the Synod Hall that is now home to the Dublinia exhibition which is another very popular tourist attraction that focuses on the Viking influence in Dublin city.
A visit to Christ Church followed by some refreshment in the cafe and then a tour around Dublinia next door would make a wonderful morning or afternoon excursion. Allow half of a day to visit the two attractions together and when finished a short walk down Dame Street will lead you back towards Dublin Castle, Trinity College and the Book of Kells and the nearby National Gallery and National Museum that are both free to visit.
Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin is one the 'must-see' attractions in the entire country. Well worth a visit.
Find out more here: http://www.christchurchdublin.ie
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