Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland.
Christ Church Cathedral is one of Dublin's oldest and most magnificent features. The site dates from around 1030 AD, and has seen a long succession of enhancements which reflect the history of Dublin itself.
The church's history begins when the first bishop of Dublin, Dúnán, was appointed by its founder: Sitric Silkenbeard, the Hiberno-Norse King of Dublin between 989 and 1036.
Dublin was captured by Norman's in 1172 and soon afterwards, at the instigation of Norman knight Richard 'Strongbow' de Clare, the cathedral was re-built to resemble its present form. The grand Romanesque building, including the vast crypt (the oldest remaining structure in Dublin), was completed in 1240. Strongbow's tomb is on display in the cathedral.
The last great renovation effort was between 1871 and 1878, when local distiller Henry Roe donated the vast sum of £230,000 pounds (around $30M US dollars in today's money) for the cathedral's restoration. Work was led by English architect George Edward Street. Amongst other bold renovations, Street cleared out the crypt (apparently chock-a-block with the debris of coffins and corpses) and removed the houses which had been built right up to the church walls.
Christ Church Cathedral remains in daily use today serving the Dublin and Glendalough dioceses of the Church of Ireland.
Christ Church Cathedral is on the corner of Winetavern Street and Christchurch Place, about 15 minutes walk from Trinity College or Dublin city center. A distinctive enclosed bridge crosses Winetavern Street to join Christ Church Cathedral to Synod Hall.
Dublin airport (DUB) has direct flights from most major US and European airports. A taxi (around $15) or airport bus provide transportation between the airport and city center.
Also of interest:
Dublin has a wealth of cultural attractions that could (and do) fill an entire book. Fortunately, most of Dublin's attractions are within walking distance of each other. Alternatively, there are several 'hop-on, hop-off' all day bus tours to choose from.
Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin : A History - Dr Kenneth Milne.
Published in June 2000, this book presents a complete history of Christ Church Cathedral.
Official web site of Christ Church Cathedral Dublin.
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