Armagh, Northern Ireland

St. Patrick's Catholic Cathedral, Armagh, Ireland

Full dedication: Cathedral Church of St. Patrick
Became a Cathedral in ?

Possibly fed up with the site of St. Patrick's church being occupied by the Protestant Cathedral, the Catholic's of County Armagh decided the time had come to build their own Cathedral in 1840. Their timing was not perfect, building work started in a grand "neolithic" style, but then halted when the Great Famine hit Ireland.

When work was finally recommenced new ideas were in vogue and the exterior was finished off in a more gothic-look with the twin towers and great window giving the Cathedral a much more elegant look than it might otherwise have received.

The interior was designed by yet another, who was keen on mosaics by all accounts as ever surface is covered with intricate designs, the overall effect of which is very beautiful but a little overbearing (as perhaps befits a Catholic Cathedral!).  In the late 1970s/early 1980s some rather blocky and ugly interior fittings were added which somewhat mar what is otherwise one of Ireland's most spectacular Cathedrals.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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