Built-in honor of Ireland’s patron saint, St Patrick!
St Patrick’s Cathedral has been part of Ireland’s history for over 800 years’ and today is one of the most popular visitor attractions in Dublin. Built-in honor of Ireland’s patron saint between the years 1220 and 1260 Saint Patrick’s Cathedral offers visitors a rich and compelling cultural experience and is one of the few buildings left from Dublin’s medieval past.
It is the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland and is the largest Cathedral in the country. The Cathedral is world-famous for its choir which still performs daily during the school term and in recent years the Lady Chapel, dating from 1270, has been restored to its original glory and a new exhibition called Lives Remembered has opened which includes a specially commissioned tree sculpture and marks the centenary of World War 1.
Jonathan Swift, the author of Gulliver’s Travels, was Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral in the 1700s and he is one of many burials on site.
St. Patricks Cathedral Today
Today the cathedral plays host to a number of public national ceremonies. Ireland’s Remembrance Day ceremonies, hosted by the Royal British Legion and attended by the President of Ireland, take place there every November. And its carol service (the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols), is celebrated twice in December, including every 24 December, is a colorful feature of Dublin life.
Big Bus Dublin operates a hop on hop off service to the Cathedral.