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Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral - Cork, Ireland
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About Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral

Topped by soaring spires and leering gargoyles, Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral is one of Ireland's medieval masterpieces. The cathedral was completed in 1879 and blends elaborate French Gothic architecture with Protestant traditions. It's built on the site where Fin Barre, the city's patron saint, founded a 7th-century monastic school.

The interior features gleaming marble floor mosaics and a cavernous ceiling. The centrepiece is the enormous bishop's throne and beautifully carved pulpit. Colourful stained-glass windows depict scenes from the Old and New Testaments, while the sanctuary ceiling is adorned with paintings of Jesus Christ and his angels.

Other highlights include a cannonball that was fired at one of the spires in 1690. Visit Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral during the day or attend a morning prayer, Sunday service or choir recital. The cathedral shop is a great place to pick up unique gifts and souvenirs.

Getting there

Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral is in Cork, a 10-minute stroll from the city centre. Local buses stop along Proby's Quay, just steps from the cathedral. The cathedral is also on the city sightseeing bus route. Cork Airport is a 15-minute drive south.

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  • What are the best hotels near Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral?

    Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral is home to many highly-rated hotels, one of which is Maldron Hotel Shandon Cork, which has a current rating of 8.0. For other potential stays, consider Jurys Inn Cork and Imperial Hotel, which can also be great places to stay near Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral.