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“A beautiful church” 4 of 5 stars
Review of St. Anne's Cathedral

St. Anne's Cathedral
Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2HB, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9032 8332
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$52*
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Belfast Day Trip from Dublin
Ranked #36 of 198 things to do in Belfast
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Manchester, United Kingdom
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“A beautiful church”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

A really beautiful church with a welcoming atmosphere. I liked the restored sections and the new spire.

Visited October 2012
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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Nice location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

Its convenient location makes it possible to indulge in its stunning facade while grabbing a snack at the Writes Square.

Visited October 2012
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Dallas, Texas
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

We were so impressed with the love and care that the cathederal had received over the years. Stunning cathederal and a must see/participate when visiting Belfast. We were very disappointed to be approched by transients from countries outside of Ireland portray poverty ridden mother's with babies in arms, in front of the Lord's house. Fortunately, we had a quick eye in the group who spotted shoes being worn by the "poor" mother asking for change, who's shoes cost more than my souvenier budget.

Visited October 2012
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Larne, United Kingdom
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“First time inside”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

Visited the Cathedral on 1 November, it was a beautiful building. Fantastic architecture. It was amazing to walk around inside and see everything. They even let us take photos. Loved it.

Visited October 2012
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Antibes, France
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“Black Santa's sit out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

The Dean sits out every Christmas and collects for charities at home and overseas. He is supported by a great team in the Cathedral, but it is a cold sit and successive Deans have not shirked at wearing the black Santa mantle. Of particular note is Dean Houston McKelvey who not only sat each Christmas, but in the year the Tsunami devastated Asia - he came out again and raised £1.5 million.

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