Those beautiful Irish churches

Ireland can be said to be an ancient place of origin of Christianity. Here, there is St. Patrick's Cathedral, which was built as early as 450 years ago, one of the largest and youngest stone churches in Europe, the Gothic Belfast Cathedral, the most famous and popular church in Belfast, and so on. These churches are not only ancient and beautiful buildings, but also bearers and witnesses of history. These churches and monasteries are generally located in the most beautiful scenery between mountains and waters. The natural scenery and ancient architecture complement each other, forming beautiful pictures. Stepping into the church, understanding the culture of religion, you can feel the grandeur of the architecture, the charm of religion, and the art. Under the stained glass windows, the sunlight turns into patterns, illuminating the church, as if within reach. Traveling to Ireland, churches are a good choice for travel destinations. Below are introduced the five most beautiful churches in Ireland (including monasteries), to explore the traces of history that have been erased, and to seek a common language between nature and culture, starting a spiritual journey.

St. Patrick's Cathedral is located in Dublin, adjacent to Christ Church Cathedral. According to legend, the saint St. Patrick, who brought Catholicism to Ireland, baptized two apprentices in an ancient well here and helped them convert to Catholicism. The cathedral was originally built in the year 450 AD and underwent expansion over the years until it was completed in the 14th century. The renowned writer Jonathan Swift served as a bishop of the cathedral and left behind important historical and cultural heritage. Due to many notable figures being laid to rest here, St. Patrick's Cathedral holds a similar status in Ireland as Westminster Abbey does in the UK. It is also one of the largest cathedrals in Ireland, with a tower height of 43 meters, making it the tallest cathedral in the country.

Bishop of Gorway

The Gorlway Cathedral is a Roman Catholic Church located in Gorlway, Ireland. It is one of the largest and most impressive buildings in Gorlway. The Cathedral was built on the site of an ancient city prison and construction began in 1958. It was consecrated in 1965 and dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Nicholas. The cathedral's organ was built in 1966 and underwent restoration in 2006. It plays a significant role during major festivals.
Kylemore Abbey, located on the west coast of Ireland, is a Gothic castle built in the 19th century, including a six-acre Victorian garden. Kylemore derives from the Irish language "Coille Móire," meaning "big forest." The castle was originally owned by Mitchell Henry, a businessman from Manchester, England, who chose to build his own castle here because his wife was from the west coast of Ireland. The castle was completed in 1871, but unfortunately, Henry's wife died of illness three years later. Henry returned to England due to excessive grief and loneliness, and the castle gates were locked tightly for 17 years. In 1920, Kylemore Castle was bought by Benedictine nuns from Belgium and renamed Kylemore Abbey, becoming the oldest Benedictine abbey in Ireland.
St. Anne's Church belongs to the Church of Ireland, and construction began in the late 19th century, experiencing setbacks before finally being completed in the late 20th century. The church is grand in scale and exquisitely designed. The stone carvings and stained glass art have reached an extremely high level in Northern Ireland.
St. Mary and St. Anne's Cathedral, also known as "Cork Cathedral", "St. Mary's Cathedral" and "Northern Cathedral", is a Roman Catholic cathedral located in Cork, Ireland and the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cork. The grand cathedral was consecrated in 1808 and celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2008, making it the oldest religious building in Cork. In 1820, the cathedral was destroyed by a fire and later underwent a restoration starting from the interior design and the addition of a refuge sanctuary. In 1964, the cathedral was expanded and modernized with the renovation of its roof and Gothic ceiling. In 1996, the cathedral was renovated again, restoring its beauty to welcome tourists and followers.