St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Situated on the very spot that St. Paddy himself rolled up his sleeves and dunked the heathen Irish into a well, giving them a fair to middling shot at salvation, this is one of Dublin’s earliest Christian sites and a most hallowed chunk of real estate. Although a church has stood here since the 5th century, this building dates from the turn of the 12th century and has been altered several times. The interior is as calm and soothing as the exterior is sombre and it is crammed with interesting curios monuments and memorials. The picturesque St. Patrick’s Park, adjoining, was a crowded slum until it was cleared in the early 20th century.
It is likely that St. Patrick’s was intended to replace Christ Church as the city’s cathedral, but the older church’s stubborn refusal to be usurped resulted in the two cathedrals being virtually just a stone’s throw from one another.