Dublin's Cathedrals


Dublin City Centre, Co. Dublin

Both Christchurch and St. Patrick’s Cathedrals date from the 12th century, dating from 1172 and 1190 respectively. The reason that both have survived lies mainly in the fact that while Christchurch stood inside the city walls, St. Patrick’s lay on the outside. Both Cathedrals are now Anglican despite the population of Dublin being predominantly Catholic.
If you have to choose one, we suggest St. Patrick’s, known as the people’s Cathedral and includes the burial place of its most famous dean, Jonathan Swift and his beloved Stella. Although much of the present building dates back to work completed between 1254 and 1270, the Cathedral reputedly lies beside the site of the sacred well where St. Patrick is said to have baptized converts around 450AD.