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Discover the medieval churches of Dublin

April 17, 2011 - 2:27am
Dublin Castle
Travelers heading to Dublin on their vacation are in for an explosion of historical fun, as Ireland's capital city is filled to the brim with famous sites and attractions that reflect the nation's background. Some fascinating buildings to visit are the Christ Church Cathedral, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Dublin Castle.

The first is one of the oldest cathedrals in the city. It is known as the official seat for the archbishops of Dublin's Church of Ireland and the Roman Catholic Church.

The Churst Church Cathedral, which is located next to Wood Quay on Dame Street, was the city's centerpiece in the Middle Ages. "A major dual carriage-way building scheme around it separated it from the original medieval street pattern which once surrounded it," according to the Irish Tourism Department. These days, visitors can see the structure standing tall and isolated among modern buildings. Visitors can get a panoramic view of the Irish landscape, as well as the centuries-old creation that sits proudly in the center of today's architecture, from the banks of the River Laffey.

St. Patrick's Cathedral is also one of the oldest in the city and holds the title for the largest church in the country as well. It was built in 1191 and features impressive Gothic-style architecture. There are several notable clergymen buried in this facility, including John de Sandford, Michael Tregury, John Cradock and Adam Loftus - all former archbishops of Dublin. In modern times, it is the main location for public national ceremonies like Remembrance Day or for funerals of former presidents.

The Dublin Castle is also off of Dame Street and is located near a number of famous government buildings. The complex in which it stands was the home of the British monarchy until the early 1920s. It was built in the 12th century as a military fortress, later serving as the residence for King John, Ireland's first Lord. In the 1930s, the first president of Ireland, Douglas Hyde, made the castle his home after his inaugural ceremony.

Many political events are held at Dublin Castle, including state banquets, foreign affairs conferences and more.

These sites are just some of the many intriguing attractions that tourists can find on their trip to Ireland.