St Patrick’s Cathedral: Dublin Highlights

St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin should be on your Ireland travel list. Even if you’re not big into churches, there is a ton of history to be explored. The architecture is amazing, and the park is one of the prettiest.

St Patricks Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland.  A beautiful view from the outside.

The cathedral’s website has an extensive historic background through this link if you’re interested in learning more, but I’ll share a few of my favourite tidbits here.

Historic Facts about St Patrick’s Cathedral

  • St Patrick actually baptized people on this site about 1500 years ago.
  • In 1220, the construction of the cathedral began.
  • In the 1300s, the church was both blown down and partially burned to the ground (that century couldn’t catch a break) and needed rebuilding.
  • The choir that exists now was founded almost 600 years ago, and has barely missed a day in performing.
  • Jonathon Swift, who wrote Gulliver’s Travels, was Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral for a time, and is buried there.
  • Thanks to the generosity of the Guinness family (particularly founder Arthur Guinness’ grandson), the cathedral was restored in the 19th century.
Stain glass windows inside Dublins St Patricks cathedral.

This iconic Dublin building is in beautiful condition to this day, and does an excellent job of sharing it’s proud Irish history with visitors.

Ornate tile floor in Dublin, Ireland.
I couldn’t get over the intricate tiling inside!
Beautiful dome ceiling and stain glass windows.
The stained glass was added later throughout the years.
Inside the infamous St Patricks Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland.
A roof of a cathedral in Ireland.
Oh the vaulted ceiling…swoon.

Outside of St Patrick’s Cathedral is a peaceful park area. Many locals and tourists alike gather on sunny days such as this one. We visited Ireland in mid-May, and I would highly recommend it.

Outside St Patricks Cathedral in Dublin. Pink cherry blossom tree in bloom in Ireland.

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  1. Beatrice
    June 12, 2019 / 4:15 pm

    Wahhh okay this place would be so cool to visit! Especially on St Patricks Day! I need to learn more about St Patrick first though!

    • catekittlitz
      June 12, 2019 / 4:17 pm

      I’ve heard St Patrick’s Day can be the worst with tourists and that Irish people try to avoid everything as much as possible in Dublin! But there’s so many opportunities to learn about St Patrick in Ireland 🙂

    • catekittlitz
      May 15, 2020 / 12:18 am

      It’s a gorgeous place! I definitely recommend reading up on the history and the lore; it’s quite interesting.

  2. June 12, 2019 / 4:27 pm

    The architecture is amazing and its history even more! Saving this for my future trip there (one day surely!)

    • catekittlitz
      June 12, 2019 / 4:28 pm

      It’s a must when in Dublin!

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