St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Cathedral - Armagh City
Across the valley of St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral and on another hill sits the great Gothic twin-spired Catholic Cathedral of St. Patrick. The site of the Cathedral is known as Tealach na Licci - Sandy Hill - where Patrick is said to have brought a young deer for sanctuary after rescuing it from hunters. Today it is the seat of the Catholic Archbishop of Armagh, Primate of All Ireland.
After an absence of centuries, the Roman Catholic Church through Archbishop William Crolly (1835-49) took up residence in Armagh and the erection of St Patrick’s Cathedral began on the 17th March, 1840. Work was suspended during the Great Famine (1845-48) and recommenced in 1854. It was dedicated for worship in 1873 but the magnificent interior decoration was not completed until early in the 20th Century. Two large marble archbishops, who gaze across the town, flank the twin-spired Catholic Cathedral.
The inside is described to be elaborate, with seemingly every inch of wall covered in mosaic. The cathedral in its Neo Gothic style was designed and built in pale limestone. Sculptured statuary forms a unique arch over the main entrance. There is arich Austrian oak woodwork and an Irish granite altar, the painted ceiling is ornate and the walls are painted with rich colours that blend easily with the stained glass windows.
Weekday mass is held Mondays to Saturdays at 10:00am. On Sundays Mass is celebrated at 9:00am, 11:00am and 5:30pm.
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