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One of two St Patrick’s Cathedrals

The older of the two. Great history and lovely atmosphere. The streets surrounding are full of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
royg714
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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Fascinating, beautiful and moving.

Ireland's history simply pulses here and we'd swear you can feel it. St. Patrick picked this site... read more

Reviewed 22 September 2018
Rosa May H
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Tahoe City, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The older of the two. Great history and lovely atmosphere. The streets surrounding are full of interesting buildings with great plaques on the outside.

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Reviewed 22 September 2018

Ireland's history simply pulses here and we'd swear you can feel it. St. Patrick picked this site for his church in 445 AD; Brian Boru is buried here (or mostly, anyway); windows and stones commemorate many other people here. The caretaker is very knowledgeable and fun to talk with. We were very glad to have stopped in here. Don't miss the museum across the pathway, too; it's interesting and the curator is great fun.

Thank Rosa May H
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Reviewed 16 September 2018

This cathedral we believe was the church home of my paternal grandmother whom I never knew (passed before I was born), but whose Orange heritage was legendary in the family. The edifice is impressive and the RC cathedral of the same name is visible across the city.

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Reviewed 12 September 2018

It was so interesting to get the contrast between the two cathedrals; the interiors were quite similar. This one had the lovely restaurant next door as well as the little museum.

Thank Patricia B
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Reviewed 20 August 2018

Having attended Charles Wood Gala concert this building shows what a versatile venue it is. Beautiful architecture, surroundings and a fabulous and stunning organ which accompanied the choir and singers. Well worth a visit when in the area.

Thank Jim S
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Reviewed 15 August 2018

There has been a church here for many centuries, but it has been destroyed several times over the years by Viking and other invaders. The current building was started until the middle ages and has undergone many restorations since then.
It is a traditional designed building with an ornately carved porch leading into a vaulted building with some beautiful stained glass windows, carvings and statues.
There is a comprehensive website, which would be better read before your visit, rather than afterwards as I missed various things on the way round!

Thank lidibus
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Reviewed 12 August 2018

We were n Armagh tracing our ancestors and found this church to be one of them. We arrived on a night when they were doing a fundraiser for the church. We attended the service, viewed the church and happily were able to meet people who knew of our family. Very moving experience.

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Reviewed 9 July 2018

Coincidental visit - but an interesting place for its religious heritage and architecture. Within reach from the city centre,

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Reviewed 29 April 2018

Visiting Navan Fort earlier in the day, we decided to go into Armagh City. Parked up and went for some food. Afterwards we walked to the Cathedral which seems very quite. Walked around outside seeing the Brian Boru plaque and a little piece of Irish history. Went inside and looked around and asked about the crypt which the guide opened for us. Impressive piece of history

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Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

Decided to go and have a look as haven’t been there since I was a child in the 1980s. The cathedral is easily accessible and was quiet today (not surprising given yesterday’s festivities) Very easy to see why this commanding hilltop was chosen for the first Irish cathedral. I have read guides before where the Cottingham restoration of the cathedral was criticised. ( he had restored St Albans and Rochester etc.)However clearly much of this cathedral survives and is at least medieval 1200,s and with original stonework visible, with Victorian additions, pretty impressive when you consider that this cathedral has been damaged 12 times in its 1600 years of existence. At least it wasn’t demolished and rebuilt to make a more impressive church as has happened in other Irish cities. I did notice the door at the back of the regimental chapel is obviously very early although there is nothing in the guide about it. The banners in the regimental chapel are superb when you consider some of these were at Waterloo and other famous campaigns. The 17th century episcopal chairs and chest are interesting as well as some of the early remnants of 17th century or perhaps earlier woodwork. As with many early Christian churches the building has been altered fixed and modified over time this is its history and has preserved it despite the damp Irish weather and the centuries of warfare of our shared history. Ultimately this church has seen the ministry of an unbroken line of Bishops since St Patrick and it is one of the few places in Ireland you can be pretty sure the saint stood. The fragments of the high cross at the back of the nave are impressive. The Tandragee idol is much larger than imagined and harks back to the old pre Christian religion and ritual that perhaps were once witnessed on this hill of Armagh. Great to see the restoration of the limestone terraces on the Vicars hill and around the cathedral which enhance the setting.
Well worth a visit as one of the most important sites in Ireland’s Christian history.

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