Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh

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Fine interior of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh Northern Ireland Fine interior of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh Northern Ireland

Although Saint Patrick's Day has been all but cancelled this year, 2020 due to what we all know now as COVID-19 or the coronavirus, it is still possible to see and enjoy the sights of Ireland.

Today I visited Saint Patrick's Catholic Cathedral in Armagh, Ireland's ecclesiastic capital.

It's a fine structure, rising high on one of Armagh's seven hills and visible from the countryside all around the small city with its 64m high spires projecting off the lofty position opposite Saint Patrick's Church of Ireland Cathedral.

Begun on Saint Patrick's Day in 1838 after Catholic Emancipation of 1829, the cathedral was designed in the perpendicular gothic style but work stopped after the Famine in 1847.

After restarting, the original architect, Duff, and archbishop, Crolly, had died and the new archbishop, McGettigan, and architect, McCarthy, favoured an older gothic style that was then built on top of the newer style, making the building an oddity.

Here the lofty interior of the cathedral complete with its high windows and marble mosaics shows the scale of the home of the Primate of the Irish Catholic Church.

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Last modified on Sunday, 15 March 2020 00:16
Darren McLoughlin

Irishman and International travel photographer in search of the best bits of Ireland. Leading photography tours and experiences in Ireland.

Contributor to New York Times / Sunday Times / Irish Times / Echtra Echtra and Eonmusic

Cancer survivor.

Ask me about travel in Ireland or about photography in Ireland.

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