Christ Church Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, is the main cathedral of Dublin and one of its main attractions. It is located in the historic part of the city and refers to the three oldest structures of this type, built on the banks of the River Liffey. Today Christ Church Cathedral is the Department of the two archbishops of the Irish Church: Anglican and Catholic.. The first Christian church built on the site Sitrig Silkenberd Viking king in 1031 for the first archbishop of Dublin - Donat.. In 1171, after King Henry II visited the Christmas service began active restructuring Cathedral. Wooden church was replaced by a stone, were built choir, transepts, and the Chapel of the Virgin Mary, St. Lo and St Edmund.. In the thirteenth century was completed chapel of St. Lawrence O'Toole. During these years he served here the second Archbishop of Dublin - Saint Lawrence. In 1230 was built a big part of the modern nave. In the XIX century was carried out major restoration of the church building. The facade and interior have been completely redone in the Victorian Gothic Revival style, added new buildings and the Synod Hall.. In 1875, the cathedral was added to the covered bridge across the street. It connects with the old Cathedral Synod Hall, which currently houses a museum of medieval urban life "Dublin.". Despite the large-scale restoration, preserved in the cathedral of Christ the original Norman and early English structure. To the south of the transept are the ruins of the XIII century. Original is also a nave with carved capitals, the transept and the choir of the XIII century.. Among the main attractions of the cathedral can be identified the tomb of Richard de Clare with an impressive knight mummy, tombs graph Kildare and Sir Henry Chira, a monument to Sir Henry Sidney, as well as the Chapel of St. Lawrence O'Toole, the center of which is an iron heart-shaped reliquary containing the embalmed heart . Also of note is the cathedral crypt, is the oldest structure in Dublin. It contains treasures of the temple of Christ, manuscripts, tabernacle, candlesticks and other artifacts.. Of interesting events that took place in the cathedral, it should be noted here carried out in 1487 coronation pretender Lambert Simnel as King Edward VI, who unsuccessfully tried to overthrow King Henry VII..