St. Colman's Cathedral

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St. Colman's Cathedral Cobh Reviews

Andy99 Andy99
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Cobh Cathedral Aug 07, 2017
The Cathedral Church of St. Colman (Cobh Cathedral) is relatively new as Gothic Cathedrals go. It was designed by architects Edward Pugin and George Ashlin who designed a number of Victorian era churches in Ireland. Construction began in 1868 and was finished in 1915 with the completion of the tower. It is in French Gothic style, inspired by Amiens and Rheims Cathedrals. The church was part of the revival and rebuilding of Irish Catholic churches during the 19th century. Understandably, the diocese wanted to make a statement now that a large and elaborate cathedral could be built. St. Colman was an Irish bard of the 6th Century. After his conversion, he founded a monastic settlement and was the first Bishop of Cloyne.

The cathedral overlooks Cobh Harbour and stands out as a landmark of the city. Inside, the Gothic arches of the nave are supported by slender marble pillars. An elaborately carved wooden pulpit is midway in the nave. A rose window dominates the entrance.
St. Colman's Cathedral.
St. Colman's Cathedral.
Rainbow at St. Colman's Cathedral.
St. Colman's Cathedral.
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Posted on: Oct 07, 2017
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Airpunk Airpunk
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St. Colman's Cathedral Mar 16, 2013
The Cathedral has its roots in the diocese of Cloyne which was moved to Cobh in 1769. At this time, the repression on the Catholic church was still subject to repressions and it was not until the 19th century when Cobh had the legal and financial possibilities to build an adequate Cathedral. Consturction started in 1867 but was not completed until 1915.

Cobh's cathedral is a typical reprensentative of British 19th century Neogothic architecture and one of the most splendid (and expensive) in Ireland. However, you will wuickly recognise that it is completely out of size for a town like Cobh. The carrillon is probably the most often mentioned feature of the Cathedral. With 49 bells, it is said to be the largest in the British islands (though 7 bells were later additions). Beside also being the only Cathedral with a carrillion in the Republic of Ireland. St. Colman's Cathedral has also the largest bell in Ireland, named after St. Colman.
St. Colman's Cathedral, Cobh
St. Colman's Cathedral, Cobh
St. Colman's Cathedral, Cobh
St. Colman's Cathedral, Cobh
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Posted on: Oct 07, 2017

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