Dublin is an old city, hiding many amazing treasures amongst the city borders. One of them is undoubtedly the Christ Church Cathedral. Located right on top of the Dame Street and Lord Edwards street, the cathedral is often missed by tourists heading off to a much bigger religious building, St. Patrick’s Cathedral. However, this small cathedral of the Church of Ireland offers equally many wonders to its visitors.
Christ Church Cathedral is a cathedral of the United Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough. Originally the seat of both the bishop of the Church of Ireland and the Roman Catholic Church, these days the cathedral serves only the Church of Ireland. It is one out of only three Dublin cathedrals that can been seen from the River Liffey (the main river of the city).
The cathedral, built around 1028 is the spiritual heart of the city and also one of the top tourist attractions in Dublin. Here are some of the things you can visit and see while in the cathedral.
You can go beneath the cathedral and explore one of the largest crypts in Britain and Ireland. It is also the earliest surviving structure in the city. Inside you can enjoy an audio visual presentation, watch various objects on display as well as have lunch in the cathedral’s cafe.
Cat & The Rat
Quite unusual artifacts to be found in the cathedral are mummified cat and a mouse, which can be seen in the crypt. Both have been mentioned in the famous Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce and are known around the city as Tom & Jerry.
Check out the relics
Christ Church Cathedral was a major pilgrim site in the medieval days. Back then it housed a number of relics, out of which one is still there and can be seen, the heart of Laurence O’Toole, patron saint of Dublin.
Experience Evensong with Irelands Top Choir
The choir of the cathedral is a tourist attraction of its own. Established in 1493 the choir took part in the famous first performance of Handels “Messiah” and is still active today. The group is constantly on tour but also gives out concerts in the cathedral. You can check the performance times on this page.
Christ Church cathedral in Dublin is without a doubt one of the top tourist attractions in the city and if you are coming over, make sure that you step into this magical place.
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