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Welcome to our new online exhibition. Here you can learn more about the Cathedral either in preparation for your visit or, as a follow-up to it.
Saint Patrick's Cathedral has been at the heart of Dublin and Ireland's history and culture for over 800 years. For long periods it was the largest enclosed space on the island and it remains the largest Cathedral in the country. It has been visited by some of Irish history's most influential individuals from Cromwell, William of Orange and King James I, to Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert. It is the final resting place for one of Ireland's most famous men, Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver's travels and Dean (head) of the Cathedral. It has witnessed the birth of the expression "to chance your arm" within its walls as well as being the site of the very first school in Ireland, the Cathedral Choir School. It is today the National Cathedral for the Church of Ireland a place of worship.
We should like to share more of this fascinating history with the people who visit the Cathedral every day but also with those who can't visit us in person. Based in this section of our website is a number of pages which help to tell some of the stories set in the building through video, images and text.
Part-funded by the Heritage Council