Waterford’s most important church building is a beautiful example of late 18th-century architecture. The Italianate style that so enthralled the Georgians is on full display here—so much so that the interior looks almost like a stately home rather than a place of worship. Corinthian columns top grand marble plinths, rising up to meet the grand stucco, with its delicate filigreed detail. The current building, designed by John Roberts, was finished in 1773, replacing one built by the Vikings in the 11th century. (One solitary pillar remains from the original building.) This was where Strongbow, the first English lord to invade Ireland, married an Irish princess—thus gaining a permanent foothold into the Irish nobility. Christ Church’s Catholic counterpart, the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity (also designed by John Roberts), is on Barronstrand Street.
County Waterford› Attraction
Christ Church Cathedral
Cathedral Square, Waterford, Co. Waterford
Our Rating Hours Easter–Oct Mon–Sat 10am–5pm. Oct–Easter Mon–Sat noon–3pm Phone 051/858958 Prices Free admission Web site Christ Church Cathedral
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