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“Pretty Church”

St. Anne's Cathedral
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Belfast Day Trip from Dublin
Ranked #40 of 223 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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“Pretty Church”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013

Very interesting Church. Talked with one of the Fathers who gave us a lot of information on the church. Beautiful stain glass windows. There is a memorial to the individuals who lost their lives in World War 2; have books with the names of the those who died. Beautiful Protestant Church.

Visited August 2013
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“Worth a Visit if in Cathedral area.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2013

Lovely Cathedral and worth a visit is in the area, steeped in history lots to read, a guide isnt necessary.

Visited April 2013
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“A wonderful cathedral.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

Slip inside and rest awhile.....even pray.....look around and just take in the beauty of the building.....walk around and examine all the things to see...my interest is always in the Memorium Books - as a calligrapher I admire the lettering. A little oasis of calm on your tour of Belfast.

Visited October 2012
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“Lovely, modern, different”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2013

This is an old church with modern touches. Our extended family enjoyed our peaceful visit, and the stillness in the middle of a bustling city. The stained glass is outstanding and the space is a wonderful to relax. I highly recommend as a respite from a busy day.

Visited August 2012
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2013

Full of very interesting history the museum is absolutely stunning (regardless of winning the carbuncle award). Worth a wonder around and truly is aweinspiring

Visited October 2012
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