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St. Anne’s Cathedral (Belfast Cathedral)


St. Annes Cathedral (Belfast Cathedral)
St Anne’s Cathedral, also known as Belfast Cathedral, was erected at the turn of the 20th century upon the site of the original of St Anne’s Parish Church.

History

  • The cathedral was founded by the Marquis of Donegal
  • He named it for his first wife, Lady Anne Hamilton
  • The original St. Anne’s Church was torn down to make room for the cathedral
  • The Countess of Shaftesbury laid the cornerstone in 1899
  • The cathedral was built and finally consecrated in 1903

Outside, the Cathedral looks rather gloomy but inside is definitely worth a visit.

  • Captivating mosaics, created in the 1920s, cover the ceiling of the baptistery
  • One mosaic is made up of more than 150,000 pieces
  • Irish marble and Canadian maple decorate the nave and aisles
  • Lord Carson (1854-1935), the leading opponent of Home Rule, is buried here under a plain gray stone slab in the south aisle.

Location

Donegall St., Belfast – Google Maps

Official Site

BelfastCathedral.org
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