Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin is one of the city’s top tourist attractions. The fact that the church is almost one thousand years old is in itself enough to draw many visitors, but the beauty of the building and all it encompasses are what will have people coming back again and again.
Below you can see a sample of some of the magnificent stained glass windows that you can find in the cathedral. Also, between each picture you will find an interesting fact from the Cathedral’s history.
Christ Church Cathedral is located in the former heart of medieval Dublin.
Christ Church Cathedral was founded c. 1028
The cathedral famously contains the reputed tomb of Strongbow, a medieval Norman-Welsh peer and warlord.
Christ Church Cathedral contains the largest cathedral crypt (63.4m long) in Britain or Ireland, constructed in 1172-1173.
Christ Church Cathedral currently has a grand total of 19 ringing bells.
The Cathedral is also more formally known as, The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity.
In March 2012, the 12th century preserved heart of St Laurence O’Toole – which has been a religious focal point in Christ Church Cathedral for the past eight centuries – was stolen from a small heart-shaped wooden box which was sealed in an iron-barred case.
Many Bishops and Archbishops are burried at Christ Church Cathedral.
The church bells range in weight from a quarter of a ton to two and a quarter tons.
The Cathedral crypt houses fascinating memorials, the cat and the rat, The Treasury, an audio visual presentation, the cathedral shop and the Cathedral Café.
A mummified cat & rat are the most unusual inhabitants of the Cathedral crypt.
Over the years Christ Church’s crypt has served as a market, a meeting place for business, and even as a pub.