On my first full day in Dublin, I was lead by a friend I met over breakfast. We went through three or four of the must-see sights in Dublin, and one of the most beautiful ones naturally was the Christ Church Cathedral. I definitely recommend going inside, because it truly is breathtaking, and definitely worth the 6€ entrance fee. Even without a guided tour, one gets much out of it, but I wouldn’t have minded learning a bit about the history.
I had trouble choosing pictures for this post, so this will be a very visual one, but doubtly (especially after seeing the pictures) anyone minds 😉 The only thing that bothered me was the exterior renovation that was going on, as you can see from the picture above, but the building itself is so glorious, nothing could make it worse. I’m glad we have such beautiful historical buildings left in the world. I wish they still built like this. This is much more memorable and humbling. At places like this, I feel my stomache drop a little bit. That’s how I know it really is beyond beautiful.
The catacombes below were very thrilling as well. Even it has been modernized, it somehow makes you feel like walking on (and under) history. Also, even I am no longer a Christian, a spiritual air lingered around us, and it did feel somewhat empowering. I found it exciting, that a few art students had scattered around to sketch out the place. If only I could draw, I would draw things like this daily! I was also positively surprised, since there was a pamphlet in Finnish 😉
These sunrays felt like a sign from a higher power, as we were just discussing about religion, and when I was taking a picture, they appeared.
In the catacombs, there was something fairly unexpected:
I juggled whether to put this picture here, but I figured, since it is so interesting how it has happened, I just had to. I just wonder how that cat has fit in the organ pipe…
All and all, I loved the place, and I will definitely continue going to every church and cathedral I can find, since they are the best places to learn about history and to witness magnificent architecture. Next time I’m in Ireland, I’ll visit the St. Patrick’s Cathedral 😉
Do you find religious buildings worth visiting? What are some must-sees?