Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin Ireland

Images of Saint Patrick's, Church of Ireland Cathedral in Dublin. Built on the Poddle river which flows under the building & the site of an earlier 5th century monastic settlement, it was founded in 1191 by Archbishop John Comyn and officially declared a cathedral in 1213.
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Saint Patrick's Cathedral Dublin.
During the 18th century Jonathan Swift, author of Gullivers Travels was Dean of Saint Patrick's between 1713-1745. Later that century the steeple height was extended and the spire added to the structure. (It is 200ft high).  When during the 19th century extensive renovations were undertaken between 1860-1865, a Celtic Cross marking the location of St. Patrick's Holy Well was discovered.   Guinness Brewery founder Benjamin Lee Guinness ( 1798-1868 ) contributed an estimated £130,000 towards the cathedral's restoration & provision of the adjoining park area.
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View of decorative stone carvings at Cathedral entrance & exterior walls.

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Saint Patrick's Park.

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Saint Patrick's Cathedral, early 1900's print
Saint Patrick's Cathedral

Early 1900's photochrom print.