St Peter's Cathedral
St Peter's Cathedral
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Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Summerasalifestyle
Malibu, CA3,556 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
Dual spires. Huge interior that’s clearly updated and not the old heavy darkness you’ll anticipate. This is a working church as well as a busy community center. It’s worth a walk or a drive before or after going to James Connolly or wall murals.
Written September 29, 2023
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Mavis B
Whitehead, UK93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Friends
We took a tour here, and the cathedral is so amazing. We were lucky to be inside when the bells of the Angelus rang out for prayers at twelve noon. They told us that the biggest bell above is three tons in weight! I was interested that they have two different key boards to use for the giant church organ, one set below it, and another away on a balcony, the guide was so good he even took one pipe out of it to show us, and played notes to illustrate how it all works. The place has great acoustic, he says, but when people fill the church the acoustics are not so good.
Written December 1, 2015
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Martyn N
Paris, France72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Couples
A 'must see' you won't necessarily find on the usual lists. St Peter's is on a par with anything ecclesiastical Europe has to offer.

It was designed in the gothic revival style by Father Jeremiah Ryan Mcaulay, an architect turned priest, and architect John O'Neill and erected between 1860 and 1866. Its imposing dual spires were added about 20 years later.

Originally a parish church with temporary cathedral status, it was up-graded to full cathedral standing in 1986 with a major restoration completed in 2005.

The overwhelmingly striking feature of this church is its light, airy ambiance which makes it feel vast. The restoration removed the dark wooden confessionals which lined the walls, also the heavy altar rail, and both those modifications contribute to the wonderful atmosphere.

The décor uses crisp, fresh colours and the portrayals of the Stations of the Cross are the most beautiful I have ever seen.

On a more practical note, the beam-work of the towering roof is absolutely magnificent and anyone who has read J E Gordon's masterpiece, 'Structures, Or Why Things Don't
Fall Down' will receive an awe-inspiring object lesson in what he's talking about for a lot of the book!

St Peter's is a stone's throw from the city centre. Take a brisk 20 minute walk towards the well-known Falls Road heading for the twin spires dwarfing a neat residential area.
Written March 10, 2016
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Kachunk N
Oslo, Norway60 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Friends
Went on a Sunday. Every single door was locked. No sign showing opening times. Wasted trip.
Located in a dodgy neighbourhood. Think twice before going.
Written August 19, 2017
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Cathcaldwell
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014
We went along to midnight mass on Christmas Eve having heard good things and we were completely blown away. The cathedral was candlelit and very atmospheric. A carol service was starting at 9 and the place was packed. The choir, The Schola Cantorum, were absolutely outstanding & I was moved to years on more than one occasion. The cathedral is beautiful & well worth a visit but if you go try to go at a time when the choir are singing. It's a real treat like sounds from heaven. We are regulars now at 11 o clock mass on a Sunday. We're not particularly religious but it is a very spiritual experience when those boys sing like angels.
Written January 15, 2015
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JXXXR
United Kingdom4,846 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Solo
St Peters is a fairly nice Churches that's certainly more stunning then your average place of worship. That said it isn't a must visit unless you are really into Churches, it is good for travelers on a budget though as it's free.
Written February 20, 2017
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Scalph
Belfast, UK97 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Friends
Its a nice building but is set in area beset with crime. Gangs of rugrats run around outside and assault and car crime are endemic in the surrounding streets.
Written July 21, 2016
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Koviljka L
Zagreb, Croatia30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Solo
Took me sometime to find it but was well worth it. The building looks great but on the inside it's breathtaking! So many details and the ceiling with the high arches really make quite a picture. Definitly recommend visiting it :)
Written April 1, 2016
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Alanmcquillan
109 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Solo
Really great Cathedral and friendly staff but its in a truly awful area. Dont park in the side streets nearby
Written June 7, 2015
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Oceanmoonkai
45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Friends
St. Peter's Cathedral, which is located in the Divis area, West Belfast.
St. Peter's Cathedral/ Ard Eaglais Naomh Peadar, Belfast is the episcopal seat of Down and Connor's diocese. It was built in the 1860s
Anecdote From a Leadership Guru:
'A traveller, came across 3 stonecutters working in a quarry and each was busy cutting a block of stone. He asked the first stonecutter what he was doing. “I am cutting a stone!” The traveller turned to the second stonecutter and asked him what he was doing. “I am cutting this block of stone to make sure that it’s square, and its dimensions are uniform, so that it will fit exactly in its place in a wall.” The traveller turned to the third stonecutter. He seemed to be the happiest of the three and when asked what he was doing replied: “I am building a cathedral.'
Written December 20, 2014
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