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“History you can touch” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of St. Nicholas Church

St. Nicholas Church
Carrickfergus, United Kingdom
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554 reviews
337 attraction reviews
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“History you can touch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2012

You must go here. This place is probably 800 years old. The feeling of being where people have gathered for almost a millennium is extraordinary. There are grooves sliced into one stone corner where soldiers used to sharpen their swords. There's a tiny window where the lepers of Carrickfergus used to gather outside to receive communion. Look carefully and you'll see that the aisle is crooked. The whole church is cross-shaped, and the kink represents the way Jesus' head is said to have fallen to the right when he was crucified. Some of the pillars are the original Norman-era ones; much of the church dates to other times, built after collapses or as additions.

Outside another amazing place is the graveyard. There are Celtic crosses in various designs. Some tombstones are so old that the inscriptions are all worn away. St. Nicholas' is today a living house of worship with a Church of Ireland congregation. I called in as a tourist. The people inside was very knowledgeable and generous.

This is a place where you feel you can reach out and touch the same walls where others' hands were placed through so many centuries. History is not in a book, or on TV, it is here.

Visited August 2011
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Belfast
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163 reviews
56 attraction reviews
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“Fantastic Norman parish church.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2012

Fanastic Norman parish church from around the same time as the Norman castle. Built in the shape of a cross. Don't miss the lepers window.

Visited July 2012
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Carrickfergus
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“definitely worth seeing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2012

beautiful church............ well maintained. you can feel the history as you walk into this church.

Visited April 2012
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Bangor Co Down
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“I will return again”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2012

Very good service from Church secty. She knew her history and was helpfull with our search

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Wonderful!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2012

This is a wonderful church - dating back to 11th century! It has been restored to show the various styles that have been used during its lifetime!
A must for anyone interested in christianity or history of buildings!
Well worth a visit!

Visited April 2012
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