Christ Church Cathedral

An aerial view of Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin City
The main aisle inside Christ Church Cathedral
A glass display case with mummified small animals inside it
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Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin City is a leading visitor attraction and has been a place of pilgrimage for almost 1,000 years.

In the heart of Medieval Dublin and renowned for its beauty, architecture and exquisite floor tiles, Christ Church Cathedral was founded in 1030 by Sitric, King of the Dublin Norsemen. In 1152 it was incorporated into the Irish Church and eventually led by the famous Archbishop and patron saint of Dublin, Laurence O’Toole.

The cathedral is home to a famous 12th century crypt, one of the oldest and largest in Ireland and Britain. The restored crypt houses the important Treasures of Christ Church exhibition which features manuscripts and artefacts that give visitors some impression of nearly one thousand years of worship in the cathedral and nearby churches. Outstanding among the rare church silver is the stunning royal plate given by King William III in 1697 as a thanksgiving for his victory at the Battle of the Boyne. The Treasury also plays host to a rare 14th century copy of the Magna Carta Hiberniae.

Complete a visit by discovering the great range of Christ Church souvenirs and Irish gifts available in the gift shop. All proceeds from the shop support the work of the cathedral.

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