Christ Church Cathedral Dublin was first built around 1030 A.D, but the cathedral has gone through many changes over the centuries.  I felt blessed to have been able to visit the cathedral in November 2014 soon after visiting Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.    The cathedral is located in the heart of medieval Dublin and Dunan was the first bishop.  The main nave of the church collapsed in the 13th century and has since been rebuilt.  The cathedral is is famous for its bells and I was able to receive a private tour of the tower that houses the bells.  Enjoy the photos below.

Christ Church Entrance.

Christ Church Entrance.

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The Cathedral Precinct
Ruins of the 13th-century chapter house.

Ruins of the 13th-century chapter house.

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The Nave

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Tomb commemorating Strongbow.

Tomb commemorating Strongbow.

 Baptistery 

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Screen – Area E
Eagle Lantern.

Eagle Lantern.

 Quire – Area F

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 Medieval Crypt 

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 The Bells

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More about Christ Church Cathedral

Hours

March

Monday – Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

April – September 

Monday – Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sunday 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

October – February Monday – Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Cost

Adults:  €6.00

Children under 16:  €2.00

To learn more about Christ Church Cathedral, visit their webpage.

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Dublin Castle

During my recent trip to Dublin, I was able to visit Dublin Castle.  The castle looks more like a palace, however it was originally built in 1204 as a fortification for King John of England (1) and over the centuries the castle turned into more of a royal residence.  It is said that  King John kept his treasure inside the castle and built large walls with towers to protect his money.  Up until 1922, the castle served as the seat of power of the British crown in Ireland.

I was impressed with the castles history, beauty, and design.  The castle had a typical Norman design with thick walls on each side   Sadly, most of the walls are long gone.  The fortification also had four tall towers on all corners.  The only tower that remains is the Record Tower which was built in 1228.

The Record Tower.

The Record Tower.

I decided to take the tour offered by the castle and I was glad I did.  Our tour guide provided us with loads of information and he was easy to follow.  He also answered all our questions and provided us with a memorable experience.

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Medieval Undercroft

The first stop on our tour was the basement beneath the finance office.  The medieval undercroft has some amazing history and I was surprised at how big the site was.  The old walls that ran along the river Poddle were on full display with modern stairs connecting the walls and entrances.  I was amazed to see the walls still in tact and that they can hold up the modern building above it.

After touring the the basement of the finance office we then visited the State Apartments.

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The entrance to the apartments is regal.  Everything seems well thought out and planned.  I was very impressed with its history and beauty.

Representing the four realms of Ireland.

Representing the four realms of Ireland.

State Drawing Room

This room is utilized for receiving foreign dignitaries to Ireland.  The room was built in 1830 and formally served as the Lieutenant’s principal reception room.

The Throne Room
The Throne Room

The Throne Room

Saint Patrick’s Hall
Saint Patrick's Hall

Saint Patrick’s Hall

Saint Patrick’s Hall is the largest room in the State Apartments.  It is a beautiful room decorated with painting, flags, and statues.  The halls used to serve as the ball room for the Lieutenant Governor of Ireland, but it now is used for presidential inauguration and other stately functions.

My visit to Dublin Castle was both fun and educational.  If you’re in Dublin, this is a must see while visiting.

More Information

Times

Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Sunday and public holidays 12:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Costs

Adults €8.50

Students €6.50

Children under 12 €

For more information visit www.dublincastle.ie

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In November of 2014, I was able to visit the amazing city of Dublin, Ireland.  I had an amazing 4 days in the city that I have heard so much about and everything I heard was true.  Dublin is a gem of a city and I am looking forward to return to take more photos and see other parts of Ireland.

I’ve been a bit behind on my posting of Dublin, but I hope you enjoy the gallery below.

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Click the following link to learn more about the cathedral.  http://www.stpatrickscathedral.ie/index.aspx

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