Dublin churches are some of the most frequently visited landmarks in the Irish capital city. In a country were Catholicism has dominated for centuries, it should come as no surprise that there is more than one cathedral in Dublin. An interesting fact is that one of the best-known churches, Christ Church Cathedral Dublin, isn’t even a Catholic Church. The Church of Ireland is a protestant faith similar to the Church of England, and these masses are still performed at the operational church. Visitors are welcome too, but are restricted to certain visiting hours. Take a break from the pubs, museums, and learning about the history of Dublin to experience another side of the city’s culture.
Another of the popular Dublin churches is St Michan’s Church. Located on the north side of Dublin city center, there is as much around this historic church as some of the other religious buildings. Many visitors are drawn by a creepy attraction to the mummies in the vaults beneath the church, including the mummy of a Crusader, and tours of the church that include a stop at the crypt are available. First built in 1095, this church influenced Bram Stoker when writing Dracula. This literary past brings many visitors to the door of St Michan’s Church.
Another cathedral in Dublin that is a bit out of the way is St Patrick’s Cathedral. This cathedral is significant because it was supposedly in this location that St Patrick baptized the first local converts near a Holy Well. Some visitors plan a trip to St Patrick’s because it is the largest church in Ireland, while others come to see the burial place of Jonathan Swift. One important thing to note about this cathedral in Dublin is that it is a bit of a walk from the center of the city; the manageable distance can easily be covered on foot in about twenty minutes, though on a rainy day visitors might wish they had stayed in the comfort of their cozy boutique hotel. There are several buses that pass St Patrick's on their route, including the 50, 54A, and 77. Consult the Dublin Bus website to find the closest stop to your hotel or hop in a taxi for a cost of 10 to 15 euros.
The most popular religious place to visit in the city is Christ Church Cathedral Dublin. As one of the oldest buildings in the city, this medieval structure provides a fascinating place to visit. During a trip to see Christ Church Cathedral Dublin, visitors must go down into the undercroft to see a variety of exhibits and interesting artifacts. This crypt provides a fun activity for families and kids as well. Christ Church is only a ten-minute walk from the Grafton Street area, and it is just on the edge of Temple Bar, making it easy to squeeze in a quick visit to this centrally located church.
There are other, smaller Dublin churches spread throughout the city. Saint Ann’s is a favorite of Dubliners that is centrally located between St Stephen’s Green and Trinity College. Saint Mary’s Pro-Cathedral is steps away from O’Connell Street and has an excellent choir on Sundays. While the architecture isn’t particularly impressive, if you’re looking for a place to attend mass during your trip to Dublin, the lively atmosphere of this church will be agreeable. No vacation in Dublin would be complete without seeing some of the other top attractions in the city including Kilmainham Gaol, Croke Park, and the Chester Beatty Library.