The official name of this church is 'The Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity' but is usually referred to as Christ Church Cathedral. The church can be found in one of the oldest areas of Dublin and can trace its history back as far as 1030.
The church was built by a Viking who had converted to Christianity and although originally a Catholic Church, it changed allegiance during the time of Henry VIII and became part of the Irish Protestant Church. It is rich in Irish history and several significant events have occurred here including a visit from King James I in the 1600s.
The building has evolved from the original wooden structure, followed by the stone building of the 12th century, to the magnificent building we now see, which was built in the 19th century.
The cathedral is a most impressive sight, both on the outside and particularly on the inside. The interior's ceiling and pointed stone arches are certainly one of the most eye catching and impressive features of the church as is the intricately carved pulpit and the patterns created by the floor tiles. Several parts of the 12th century structure still remain, including the west bay, the north wall of the nave and the stonework of the arches and columns.
Below the floor is a massive crypt dating from the 12th century which is Dublin's oldest structure.
Although the cathedral is located in a very busy area of Dublin, it is surrounded by greenery and parkland, and is a tranquil space in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the city. It is only one of two Protestant cathedrals in Dublin with the other one being St Patrick's.
There is also a gift shop on site which mainly sells religious goods, and there is also a selection of books on the history of the church.
The Cathedral is open every day of the week with various opening times throughout the year. During services, movement is restricted so as not to disturb the faithful. Language leaflets about the Cathedral are available in several languages.
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