Thursday, August 28, 2014

British Isles 2014 Trip Day 4 St Patrick's Cathedral


No trip to Europe is complete without at least visiting one old Church.  Whether it be Notre Dame or another medieval structure, they are always an architectural wonder to behold.  

One of the main stops for our bus tour of Dublin was St Patrick's Cathedral.  Built in 1191 and having a bunch of additions along the way, I was under the mistaken impression that this was a Catholic Church.  I was quickly corrected when I discovered it was for the Church of Ireland.

This structure is absolutely huge and Gothic in appearance.  There are a ton of artifacts and a lot of history in here and once inside you could view the interior as well as get a working knowledge of who has been there and the history of the church.  There are even some swords / helmets from what looked like knights lining the entryway to the main chapel.  It still had a very dark, mysterious feel to it but at the same time welcoming towards worship.

The author of Guilliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift, also preached here and there was significant homage to him throughout.

I grabbed a bunch of photos while in there.  Our tour guide was pretty good and we had close to an hour total time in there so it was plenty of time to explore and learn about the church.   I am not terribly happy with the results, but enjoy the photos:

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