So glad I stopped and looked in - the interior is vast and there's a lot to see. The small chapel to the left inside is free of the very modest fee for the full tour and has... read more
Magnificent St Anne's Cathedral at the heart of Belfast's Cathedral...
Magnificent St Anne's Cathedral at the heart of Belfast's Cathedral Quarter is a treasure trove of art, culture and music.
Services take place four times daily, with a sung service most days. The Cathedral has a range of choirs, including a new Boys' Choir, with many members recruited from St Anne's innovative cross-community Choir School project.
The Cathedral was consecrated in 1904 and extended over the years, with the eye-catching Spire of Hope added in 2006. Today, as well as being a sacred space and place of worship, St Anne's also provides a stunning backdrop for concerts, recitals and carol services.
Inside its lofty interior are mosaics by Sir Charles Nicholson, and sculptures by Rosamund Praegar and Maurice Harding. The mosaics of Italian glass are by sisters Gertrude and Margaret Martin - the mosaic over the font is said to hold more than 150,000 pieces!
St Anne's has spectacular stained glass windows and some very fine needlework, including the poignant Titanic Pall.
Visitors can avail of a guide booklet and optional audio tour. There is a shop stocking original gifts.
As St Anne's is the Cathedral for the City of Belfast, the Chapel of the Holy Spirit is free to visitors for quiet prayer at any time.