Ireland — Day 2 in Dublin; St. Patrick’s Cathedral


St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin

On Day 1 in Dublin we toured the city via Hop-on/Hop-Off. Having gotten our bearings, Day 2 was for exploring sites of interest discovered the previous day. One of those sites was St Patrick’s Cathedral.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin

I’d like to give you a construction date, but with this structure’s convoluted history that would be a complicated undertaking. Let’s just say that some parts date as far back as 1191 through 1270, the spire dates to 1749, and other sections were part of a major reconstruction that took place from 1860 to 1865. St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin

St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin

The 1860-1865 reconstruction was courtesy of Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness, Baronet, who is memorialized by this statue outside the church:

Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness, Baronet

Dublin is rather unique in that it is home to two cathedrals. St. Patrick’s is the national cathedral of Ireland, while the older Christ Church Cathedral is the seat for the United Diocese of Dublin and Glendalough.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin

A recent addition to the grounds of St. Patrick’s is the Saint Patrick’s Park. The park was created through the largesse of Edward Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh, son of Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness.

St. Patrick’s Park, Dublin
St. Patrick’s Park, Dublin

Inside the cathedral you’ll find much at which to marvel, including a lot of statuary:

St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin

This particularly impressive statue memorializes George Nugent-Temple-Grenville, 1st Marquess of Buckingham:

George Nugent-Temple-Grenville

Now let’s have a look around the interior of this massive medieval cathedral (more images on Wednesday):

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