1832 – St. Francis Xavier, Gardiner Street, Dublin

Architect: John B. Keane




A fine classical temple by John B. Keane although the parish website says “The High Altar….was designed and assembled in Rome by Fr. B. Esmonde…who with Mr John B. Keane was the architect of the church”. The building is known for its collection, sculpted altar piece, and paintings, mostly Italian in origin and dating from the Victorian period. Father B. Esmonde’s spent some time in Italy and his knowledge of the temples of Italy surely influenced this design. The Latin text on the pediment reads, “DEO UNI ET TRINO SUB INVOC S FRANCISCI XAVERII” which translates to english as, “to God one and Three under the invocation of St. Francis Xavier”

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