ChristChurch Cathedral


Dublin City Centre, Co. Dublin

Most of the external appearance of Christchurch Cathedral dates to its restoration in 1875, though the wooden structure from the Viking era had already been much improved by the time the Anglo-Normans had arrived in Dublin in the Middle Ages. The Cathedral, one of two in Dublin is of the Anglican tradition. The crypt, much unchanged from the 12th century, is the least changed part of the building, and in a less pious period was used for hosting a variety of taverns.
Highlights include the alleged Tomb of Strongbow, the encased heart of St. Laurence O’Toole and the cat and rat- mummified in an organ pipe in the 1860s whilst in mid-chase.
Neither Ireland (nor Britain) has a Church Tax for the architectural maintenance of ancient churches, so a small charge/donation is required.