Saturday, January 9, 2016

inSPIREd Sunday

Sally and Beth host inSPIREd Sunday!

September 2015 - Dublin Ireland




Ireland's largest church is St Patrick's Cathedral, built between 1191 and 1270 on the site of an earlier church that had stood here since the 5th century. It was here that St Patrick himself reputedly baptised the local Celtic chieftains, making this bit of ground some fairly sacred turf: the well in question is in the adjacent St Patrick's Park , which was once a slum but is now a lovely spot to sit and take a load off.

This church, along with Christ Church, is Church of Ireland, meaning that overwhelmingly Catholic Dublin has two Anglican cathedrals!
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From 1860 to 1865, Benjamin Guinness undertook at his own expense, and without hiring an architect, the restoration of the city's St Patrick's Cathedral, an enterprise that cost him over £150,000. In 1865 the building was restored to the dean and chapter, and reopened for services on 24 February. The citizens of Dublin and the dean and chapter of St. Patrick's presented him with addresses on 31 December 1865, expressive of their gratitude for what he had done for the city. The addresses were in two volumes, which were afterwards exhibited at the Paris Exhibition.
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Oliver Cromwell, during his 1649 visit to Ireland, converted St Patrick's to a stable for his army's horses, an indignity to which he also subjected numerous other Irish churches. Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver's Travels, was the dean of the cathedral from 1713 to 1745, but after his tenure the cathedral was very neglected until its restoration in the 1860s.














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8 comments:

  1. The Cathedral is extraordinary. I didn't know that about Cromwell... for that and for so many other reasons whatever's left of him should be dug up just to be stomped on.

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  2. A very interesting post and pictures. Thankyou.

    Diana
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  3. Religious miracle.
    Greetings from Poland.
    Voyager:) *

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  4. Such art work...thanks Jackie for sharing.

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  5. very cool. i enjoy how the doors & windows have a similar shape. ( :

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  6. Beautiful place! I've put this on my to see list for Ireland. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. More than just a church or cathedral, its an important historical site.

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  8. Beautiful, seeing these makes me want to Visit Ireland again it's been too long

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