St. Anne’s Cathedral / Belfast Cathedral

Saint Anne's Cathedral. Image: William Murphy.

Saint Anne’s Cathedral. Image: William Murphy.

Page last updated by Michael Heraghty on September 8, 2015

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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. Outside, the Cathedral is attractive without being overly ornate, while the interior is definitely worth a visit.

Baptistery ceiling. Image: Ardfern.

Baptistery ceiling. Image: Ardfern.

Interior Features

  • Captivating mosaics, created in the 1920s, cover the wonderful domed 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
  • Unionist leader Lord Carson (1854-1935), the leading opponent of Irish Home Rule, is buried here under a plain gray stone slab in the south aisle


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.

Saint Anne's Cathedral

Official Site

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