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The original church on this site was raised by the Normans in 1178 and named after the King of Mercia's daughter, the Abbess Werburgh. Re-designed by Thomas Burgh in 1715, and then again following a fire in 1754, the church's Georgian interior is as interesting as it is attractive. The Guinness family are commemorated inside and Lord Edward Fitzgerald, of the 1798 rebellion, lies in a tomb beneath the church. Other items of interest include the Gothic pulpit, created by Richard Stewart, and the organ case which dates back to 1767.
This small Dublin church has a colourful reputation that it may or may not actually deserve. Built by Fr. John Spratt in 1825, Whitefriar's was designed by Sir George Papworth, who was also responsible for building the St Mary's Pro-Cathedral the previous year. Although the claim has recently been questioned, Whitefriar's claims to possess the remains of St. Valentine. According to the story, Spratt visited Rome in 1835, met Pope Gregory XVI and was given the remains as a gift. The church now boasts a specially designed altar and shrine as well as a statue designed by Irene Broe depicting Saint Valentine holding a crocus plant - the symbol of spring.
Welcome to the oldest building in Dublin. Its history states that it was built to reconcile the Celtic and Anglo-Norman traditions. This cathedral houses one of the best choirs in Dublin. Learn about its history...it's fascinating. Find out everything from the Vikings to the gold given by William of Orange after the Battle of the Boyne. It's not just a history lesson, but also a place to atone your sins.
This beautiful church is one Dublin's two Anglican cathedrals and has stood on this site since AD 600. The present building was founded in 1172 by Strongbow, the Anglo-Norman conqueror of Dublin. In the hundreds of years since, the building has weathered many changes of design and periods of steady deterioration. Since 1870 however, the Cathedral has been gradually and sensitively restored. The cathedral houses some of the remains of Strongbow, a casket containing the heart of St Laurence (the patron saint of Dublin) and a tabernacle and candlesticks used by James II in 1689 when the Latin Mass was briefly celebrated. The cathedral choir is one of the finest in Ireland.
St. Kevin's Church is an ancient church that was first mentioned in the 13th Century. Part of a former monastery, it was later administered by the Archbishop of Dublin, with the property being a part of the Manor of St. Sepulchre. Ruins of the church can be visited even today. There is a cemetery where notable citizens were buried.
Temple Bar is often used to symbolize the extraordinary changes which Dublin has undergone in recent years. In the 1980s, this district of the city was earmarked as the site for a vast bus station. Galleries and small shops colonized the cheap properties, however, the bus-depot plans were abandoned, and the area now boasts of a warren of bustling shops, cafes, galleries and restaurants. Some of the country's best cultural institutions have found a home in Temple Bar, including the Irish Film Centre and the Gallery of Photography. Two new civic spaces, Temple Bar Square and the striking Meeting House Square have been created and utilized by artist and traders. In short, this district is one of the city's most colorful and vibrant; make a point of seeing it for yourself.