Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Ireland, Day 16: St. Patrick's Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral Postcards

During our visits to St. Patrick's Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral, I was able to find some postcards.

The first four postcards are from St. Patrick's Cathedral. The first postcard features a carved wooden statue thought to represent St. Patrick, Ireland's patron saint, and was given to the cathedral historian in 1991 by two sisters from County Offaly. Although the figure was in their family for generations, nothing is known of its history.

a hand-carved statue in the South Transept
in St. Patrick's Cathedral

Originally founded in 1191, the Cathedral was extensively rebuilt after a destructive fire towards the end of the 14th century. Following the wars of the 17th century, the building fell into a ruinous state until about 1860, when a complete restoration was carried out Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness, of the brewery family. 

the Cathedral Nave in St. Patrick's Cathedral, looking west

The Lady Chapel was built in 1270 by Archbishop Fulk de Saundford and dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. From the mid-17th century to the early 19th century, it was known as the "French Chapel" as it was used by Huguenots (French Protestant refugees) when they came to Ireland following the revocation of the Edict of Nantes.  The Lady Chapel was restored in 2013.

the Lady Chapel within St. Patrick's Cathedral

Christ Church stands on St. Michael's Hill overlooking the River Liffey. Founded in 1038 by the Danish king Sitric "Silkenbeard," it was rebuilt by the Norman "Strongbow" for St. Laurence O'Toole (Patron Saint of Dublin) in the years following 1170.

This was the only postcard I could find of Christ Church.

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