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St. Anne's Cathedral
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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.
Larne, United Kingdom
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“First time inside”
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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“Black Santa's sit out”
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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“A Cathedral you must visit when in Belfast.”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

This cathedral is majestic and is really beautiful inside. It has a twist which you must see... a new modern tall needle spire has been added.

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“Cathedral church of St Anne”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

Open every day. Plenty of tour guides on hand. Resting place of Sir Edward Carson. Magnificent interior. Be sure to make your way towards the church offices, down stairs towards crypt, look up and see the roll of Cathedral Choral Scholars for the last hundred years. Notice the stained glass in each of the chapels. Also see the book of remembrance. Chuech stands on the original site of the parish church of St Anne (1723)

Visited September 2012
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“An imposing building with surprises”
Reviewed October 10, 2012

To look at it, you'd never believe this cathedral was built when it was and over such a timescale - I won't say more because I don't want to spoil it for you. It's well worth a visit for anyone interested in the history of Belfast.

Like most protestant cathedrals, bewhiskered military types are well represented pictorially, but don't let that spoil the peace and quiet of the place. Take a moment to sit quietly and take it all in.

Visited August 2012
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