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St. Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork

St. Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork (must see)

Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral, (Irish: 'Ardeaglais Naomh Fionnbarra') is a cathedral of the Church of Ireland in Cork city, Ireland. The site of the cathedral has been a place of worship since the 7th century. The three spires of the cathedral are one of Cork's main landmarks. A Medieval Cathedral was situated on the site prior to the 18th century building, but few traces of it are visible.

The cathedral was damaged during the Siege of Cork in 1689/90, when it came under fire from the nearby Elizabeth Fort. When the steeple was demolished in 1865, a 24-pound cannonball from the siege was discovered, which is now on display in the cathedral.

Architect William Burges began work on the present Gothic Revival cathedral in 1862. Burges gave a Resurrection Angel, made of copper and gold leaf, which is located on the pinnacle of the sanctuary roof. There is a local superstition which states that if ever the angel falls, it would signify the end of the world.

Why You Should Visit:
Majestic Victorian cathedral with magnificent stained glass and lots of exterior detail.
Houses an enormous organ with all pipes on display.
Beautiful garden and labyrinth.

Tip:
Climb up the steep, dark staircase to be rewarded with a simply stunning view of Cork.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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St. Fin Barre's Cathedral on Map

Sight Name: St. Fin Barre's Cathedral
Sight Location: Cork, Ireland
Sight Type: Religious
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Walking Tours in Cork, Ireland

Create Your Own Walk in Cork

Create Your Own Walk in Cork

Creating your own self-guided walk in Cork is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Cork Heritage Pub Trail

Cork Heritage Pub Trail

A truly fun way to explore the city, the Cork Heritage Pub Trail takes you on a journey through time while enjoying great pints of Irish ale and hardy pub food. The city of Cork has a long history, and some of this history can be found in its modern pubs. From an old pharmacy to a former gentleman’s club, modern establishments make good use of the antiquated architecture and each pub included on...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 Km or 1.2 Miles
Cork Galleries and Museums Tour

Cork Galleries and Museums Tour

As one of the biggest cities in modern Ireland, Cork has gained much cultural diversity in recent years. You can see some of the fruits of this diversity at some of the city’s top art galleries, and learn about Cork’s rich heritage at several fascinating museums. Take our tour to get a cultural overview of the city of Cork, both past and present.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
Cork's West Side

Cork's West Side

The west side of Cork is considered the most ecological part of the city. Along the Lee river, you'll find some of the most important landmarks of the city, including the Cork Public Museum, Fitzgerald Park, Cork City Gaol, and University College Cork. It's also a quiet area where you can enjoy a walk.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Walking Down the Eastern Part of Cork Tour

Walking Down the Eastern Part of Cork Tour

The Eastern Part of Cork City is characterized by a mixture of old and new. Cork is the city that aims to evolve continuously while retaining its traditions. The upper side of of the city is a quiet sleeping area that wakes up only around the St. Patrick's Day. Walking down south you will notice the picture change to a more contemporary look. The suggested tour is to help you explore the East...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles
Cork Nightlife Tour

Cork Nightlife Tour

A good time is never hard to find in the city of Cork. The densely packed city center offers a variety of entertainment to suit any tastes, and all of them within a reasonable walking distance from one another. Whether it be a traditional pub setting with patrons singing Irish songs over a pint of Guinness, a hot night of dancing to live DJ sets, or a live rock band bringing down the house, Cork...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles
Cork Introduction Walk

Cork Introduction Walk

Cork is one of the biggest city in Ireland,also called “The Rebel City”. The cultural diversity of the city attracts thousand tourists every year. Find out what can you visit if you decided to go there by browsing this list of top tourist attractions.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles