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Christ Church
Christ Church is located just south of the River Liffey and west of the city centre, it is the oldest part of Dublin City. Christchurch is know of its many cathedrals and churches, best known of them Christ Church Cathedral.

Christ Church Cathedral is one of Dublin's finest historic buildings and is Dublinís oldest and most recognised landmark. It dates back to 1038 when the first wooden church was built here. It wasnít until 1171 that the wooden structure was replaced by stone and made into a cruciform by Strongbow. Major restoration was undertaken mainly from 1871 to 1878 and this is when most of what can be seen today dates to. Only the crypt, transepts, and a few other portions date from the medieval times. Highlights of the interior include magnificent stonework and graceful pointed arches, with delicately chiselled supporting columns. Choral services are sung by the cathedral choir, which traces its origins to 1480 and is famous for taking part in the first performance of Handelís Messiah. Christ Church holds a series of concerts, recitals and talks every year.

St. Patricks Cathedral Ireland's largest church is built beside a well that St. Patrick reputably baptised converts around 450AD. Like Christ Church Cathedral this Cathedral also started life as a wooden structure until 1192 when Archbishop John Comyn rebuilt the cathedral in stone. Most of whatís visible today dates between 1254 and 1270, built in an early English gothic style the cathedral has heavy buttressing and stout walls. Internally it is decorated with memorials and monuments to important families and individuals connected to the cathedral. A stone slab bearing a Celtic cross and covering the well was un-earthed at the turn of the 20th century. It is now preserved in the west end of the cathedral's nave.




On High Street St. Audeon's Church, is Dublin's earliest surviving medieval church and its twelfth Century tower is believed to be the oldest in Ireland. Next door stand St. Audeon's Catholic Church, completed in 1847. In the basement is an audiovisual presentation on pre-Viking Ireland. The Guild Chapel of St. Anne houses an exhibition on the importance of St. Audeon's Church in the life of the medieval city.

One of Dublin's more unusual attractions has to be St. Michan's Church. Named after a Danish Bishop, it was for five hundred years the only parish church in Dublin north of the River Liffey. There is a tour down to it vaults which house a number of bodies which are remarkably well preserved considering their age. St Werburgh's is named after Werburgh, Abbess of Ely who died around 700 AD. The church has a fine galleried interior with oak panelling. Many of the original features remain including the clear glazing. For years the area's fire engines were stored in the church porch and two survivors can be seen there today.

The Tailors' Hall is the oldest surviving Guild Hall in the city of Dublin. Built in the first decade of the eighteenth century (or earlier) it is of considerable architectural and historical interest and has been at the heart of Dublin for nearly 300 years.

The Chester Beatty Library was established in Dublin, Ireland in 1950, to house the remarkable collections of mining magnate, Sir Alfred Chester Beatty. It displays exhibits of sacred texts, miniature paintings manuscripts, and art on paper from the world's great western and oriental religions as well as secular items. In 2002 the Chester Beatty Library was named European Museum of the Year.

Dublinia & The Viking World is a heritage centre, located in central Dublin, at the heart of the medieval city. The exhibitions at Dublinia explore life in the medieval city and the world of the Vikings and are housed in a beautiful neo- Gothic Victorian building. There are many exhibits here which include videos, models and reconstructions and a large-scale model of Dublin around 1500, a display of artefacts from Wood Quay, and reconstructions.

The are many fine restaurants in the area and accommodation is easy to come by.

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