2014 Ireland & Worldcon trip
Saint Patrick's Cathedral
Dublin, Ireland
August 9, 2014

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Christ Church Cathedral stone bridge
Saint Patrick's Cathedral - Dublin, Ireland
Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin

Saturday (continued)

Then we went on to tour Saint Patrick's Cathedral, which is also known as The National Cathedral and Collegiate Church of Saint Patrick, Dublin. Although it was built up over a longer period of time, the basic structure was built between 1220 and 1259. The building was restored by  Although it is now a major architectural and historical attraction, it is still a Church of Ireland place of worship.

Saint Patrick's Cathedral Dublin Nave
Saint Patrick's Cathedral Nave - this is much more open since major restoration in 1860-65,
which was funded by Benjamin Guinness.

The most famous burial in the cathedral is Jonathan Swift,
who in addition to being a satirist, poet and  author, was Dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral.

St. Patrick's Cathedral Pulpit

St. Patrick's Cathedral Choir.
Choir - the banners are those of the Knights of Saint Patrick. They moved their ceremonies to Dublin Castle in 1869
and the banners displayed were those of the families who were members of the Order at that time.

The Lady Chapel behind the high altar is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It was built in 1270 and restored in the 19th century.

View from the Lady Chapel of the high alter and nave.

Statues of John McNeill Boyd and George Ogle
Statues of John McNeill Boyd (Captain of the Ajax) and George Ogle (politician).

Saint Patrick's Cathedral grave slab
10th Century grave slab found beside Saint Patrick's Cathedral, covering an ancient well
which may be the same well which Saint Patrick used in the fifth century. 

It was now raining fairly hard and we decided to return to our hotel. Along the way, we passed Christ Church Cathedral, the other Church of Ireland Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral - Dublin, Ireland
Christ Church Cathedral (at right) - the stone bridge leads to the former synod hall,
which is now home to the Dublinia exhibition about medieval Dublin.

Painted doors in Dublin
There are several stories about why so many doors in Dublin, Ireland are painted distinct colors, but no definitive story.
(prints & cards)

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