Christ Church Cathedral

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Liselore_Verschuren Liselore…
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A typical European church, with a touch of Viking Jun 11, 2011
There are a lot of remainders of the Viking history to be found in Dublin, one of those is Christ Church Cathedral, the oldest of Dublin’s two medieval cathedrals (the other one is St. Patrick’s Cathedral). Christ Church Cathedral is located in the heart of medieval Dublin, next to Wood Quay, a riverside area of Dublin that was a site of Viking settlement.

Christ Church Cathedral was founded as a wooden building sometime after 1028, when the Viking king Sitric Silkenbeard made a pilgrimage to Rome. In the 1180s, Strongbow and a couple of other Norman noblemen funded a complete rebuilding of Christ Church in stone. It was then also extended with a choir, the crypt and several chapels. Strongbow (which was something of a nickname to Richard de Clare, Lord of Leinster and Earl of Pembroke) was a Norman lord who had a leading role in the Norman invasion of Ireland.

Christ Church is in many ways like all other European Churches, but I particularly liked the tiled floors and the crypt.

The crypt, which is 63 meters long was constructed in 1172 and is the largest cathedral crypt of Ireland and Britain. There are also two costumes of the fabulous television series ‘The Tudors’ on display in the crypt because several scenes of the series were filmed here.

If you’re at Christ Church Cathedral, make sure to walk around it completely. At the back of the cathedral, there’s a layout of an 11th century Viking plot in the pavement, it shows the outline of a few wooden buildings that once stood here. Also, right next to Christ Church Cathedral is ‘Dublinia’, an interactive museum on Viking and medieval Dublin which I liked a lot.
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Vipin Vipin
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Best cathedral in Dublin Sep 30, 2010
Originating from the medieval period, Christ Church cathedral is one of Dublin’s finest and my favourite one in the city. The interior was heavily redone during the Victorian period, and it has a gothic feel to it.

I really enjoyed the grandeur of the arches and the ornate ceiling work. The main altar was very impressive and the gates were really beautiful. A service of peace seems to be held on most days and is worth attending. Beneath the ground floor, you can go downstairs and see an exhibition there. I am not sure whether the pieces are permanent or temporary, or a combination of both. When I was there, they had various costumes on show and church artefacts. A café with comfortable seating is also downstairs.

I can’t explain it and so I hope the pictures help me, but this cathedral was just a pleasure to visit. Really beautiful, calm and inspiring, there wasn’t a heavy amount of tourists and a few worshippers too.

There is an entrance fee of around 6 Euros for tourists.

This is one of Dublin’s finest cathedrals, and it would be a shame not to visit it at least once while you are in Dublin.
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