Posted by: mdmusingsie | September 15, 2012

St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin

I’m off playing tourist again, this time with my mother. There’s so much to see in Ireland, I could entertain many visitors and there would still be places l haven’t visited. Despite many trips to Dublin, I went to St. Patrick’s Cathedral for the first time on Friday.

The cathedral houses several of the most ornate monuments I’ve ever seen. Most church monuments are relatively simple stone carvings with engravings. There are two particularly large examples in this church which include colorful full relief statues in an almost theatre like setting. It appears there was some controversy over the prominence of the Boyle monument, which was subsequently moved from behind the altar to the rear of the church. Oh, what people will do to try and buy their way into heaven.

Writer Jonathan Swift, who was also Dean of the Cathedral, is buried in the church. Wild boar tiles are interspersed in the floor tiles. An interesting decoration for a house of God. There are many ornate architectural details, not the least of which is the spiral staircase to the organ loft. There is plenty of architecture to admire in this second of two cathedrals in Dublin, the other being Christ Church.

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