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“Poor welcome”

St. Anne's Cathedral
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Owner description: Magnificent St Anne's Cathedral at the heart of Belfast's Cathedral Quarter is a treasure trove of art, culture and music. Services take place four times daily, with a sung service most days. The Cathedral has a range of choirs, including a new Boys' Choir, with many members recruited from St Anne's innovative cross-community Choir School project. The Cathedral was consecrated in 1904 and extended over the years, with the eye-catching Spire of Hope added in 2006. Today, as well as being a sacred space and place of worship, St Anne's also provides a stunning backdrop for concerts, recitals and carol services. Inside its lofty interior are mosaics by Sir Charles Nicholson, and sculptures by Rosamund Praegar and Maurice Harding. The mosaics of Italian glass are by sisters Gertrude and Margaret Martin - the mosaic over the font is said to hold more than 150,000 pieces! St Anne's has spectacular stained glass windows and some very fine needlework, including the poignant Titanic Pall. Visitors can avail of a guide booklet and optional audio tour. There is a shop stocking original gifts. As St Anne's is the Cathedral for the City of Belfast, the Chapel of the Holy Spirit is free to visitors for quiet prayer at any time.
Guildford, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Poor welcome”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

How sad to be greeted at a cathedral door with demands of money to be allowed into the church. Very hostile lady who clearly needs educating about why people go to a church.It is not a tourist attraction but a place for quiet contemplation and prayer.Many people will enter with troubles ,grief or pain looking to pray to God for solace and deliverance. It is appalling to be met by an outstretched hand demanding payment. I am always prepared to donate to the church but do not like to be confronted.
I will be contacting the Dean about educating his staff as 6 people from abroad walked straight out having had the same "welcome".

Visited May 2014
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“a most unwelcoming church”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

On entering the cathedral you are confronted by a hostile lady demanding money for you to look round! Never does she ask what you'd like to do she just intimidates you into turning round and leaving! Not one to be intimidated I stayed, paying £4 for the dubious pleasure,when being over 60 ,the " donation" was actually a pound! I was very disappointed with the greeting and the place. My advice is to give it a miss from your itinerary

Visited May 2014
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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“A great place for quiet contemplation”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

I call in here from time to time to escape the hustle of the city. The atmosphere is great and you can sit as long as you like...you don't need to be religious to feel the spirituality.

Visited April 2014
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London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Peace And Calm”
Reviewed 25 May 2014

St Anne's welcomes you with open arms and a warm handshake from a volunteer on duty. Take your time and enjoy the beauty of the building. Walk round the whole of Ireland on the marble circle.

Visited May 2014
Thank Ann J
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“worth a visit”
Reviewed 11 May 2014

really nice feel to this cathedral. stunning tapestry/banner to commemorate titanic. they really should have some postcards of banner as not allowed to take photographs in cathedral.

Visited April 2014
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