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St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland April 13, 2016

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The Freelance History Writer

St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland

The Anglican Church has designated St. Patrick’s as The National Cathedral of Ireland.  According to legend, c. AD 450, the iconic Saint Patrick first baptized new Christians at a well near the current St. Patrick’s Cathedral site.  In AD 890, the first written record of the site mentions King Gregory of Scotland visiting a church there.  In 1192, John Comyn, the first Anglo-Norman archbishop of Dublin elevated the existing church to collegiate status, which meant there was a body of clergy devoted to learning and worship.  While it is not certain when the church was established as a cathedral, the most likely dates are between 1212 and 1223.

The building of the current cathedral lasted from 1220-1270.  The original spire was blown down during a storm in 1316.  In 1317, while the Bruce wars were raging, the cathedral was set on fire and many precious objects…

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