With its three soaring spires dominating the Cork skyline, this Church of Ireland cathedral sits on the very spot St. Fin Barre chose in A.D. 600 for his church and school. A much smaller medieval tower was demolished to make way for the current building, which dates from the early 1860s—there’s nothing left of the original, although a few pieces of decorative stonework were salvaged and can be viewed inside. The architect, William Burges (1827–81), won a competition staged to create a new Anglican cathedral in the city; his design embraced the French Gothic style popular at the time. The interior is highly ornamented with some stunning mosaic work. The bells were inherited from a 1735 church that also previously stood on this site. The cathedral hosts occasional exhibitions; check the website for listings of what’s on.