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Review of St. Anne's Cathedral

St. Anne's Cathedral
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Belfast Day Trip from Dublin
Ranked #38 of 210 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.
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“Welcoming place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

I'm a fan of a cathedral that lets you go in for free and wander at your leisure. Thanks to the staff for staying open for us. And of course, what a lovely building. Well worth a look round. Keep cathedral entry free!

Visited December 2012
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“Nice place to sit a spell.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Nice cathedral, nothing over the top. Losts of military colours etc. The staff are friendly and very welcoming. Informations material about the cathedral is available in a range of languages.

Visited December 2012
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“The family church”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

My maternal grandparents were married in Belfast Cathedral. Both have long since gone - but is was comforting to think of each of them whilst seated in the cathedral. I also recalled memories from my childhood - of attending concerts and choir rehearsals within the cathedral adding to the importance of the building to my family history.

Visited December 2012
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

This cathedral was absolutely lovely! I found it simpler than some other cathedrals that I have visited but I loved that about this one. There was this one smaller room that had angels painted on the ceiling, amazing. We pulled in to the parking lot and completely missed the sign that said Saturday Parking £4 all day, rather we read parking £4 all day. When the bar wouldn't come up we rang the buzzer and the woman let us park there even though it wasn't Saturday, what a welcoming gesture! Definitely need to visit if going to Belfast.

Visited December 2012
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“Beautiful building and welcoming staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

Definitely worth a look inside, very peaceful and welcoming and the staff are very friendly too.

Great for architecture and photography students and adults.

Visited November 2012
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