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Architecture of Leinster

19 February 2010

1172 – Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin

Christ Church Cathedral is the Church of Ireland Cathedral for the Diocese of Dublin and Glendalough. Its origins date to about 1038 when the Viking settlers constructed a cathedral on this site. The...

09 July 2010

1180 c. – Wexford Town Walls, Co. Wexford

Wexford began as a Viking town in the 10th century, when the “deep pool” provided a safe berthing place for longboats. The town of Veisafjörà°r (“Bay of the Mud Flats”) was thus established....

06 January 2010

1180c. – St. Mochta’s House, Louth, Co. Louth

St Mochta was a disciple of St Patrick, who established his abbey in Louth around 528, and also built an this stone house nearby, named Mochta’s House. The Abbey lasted through the centuries...

09 June 2010

1190 – St Audoen’s Church of Ireland, High Street, Dublin

This is one of the oldest existing churches in Dublin. A Norman church to St Ouen was built here in 1190 to replace an earlier structure dedicated to St Colmcille. It is said...

10 February 2010

1191 – St Patrick’s Cathedral, Patrick Street, Dublin

St Patrick’s Cathedral is traditionally the site of a holy well used by St Patrick for baptisms and a church was established here as early as the late fifth century – a stone...

15 June 2010

11th C. – Cathedral, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow

The largest church in Glendalough, it has a nave and chancel as well as a sacristy. The lower portion of the nave wall, with large square blocks, is the oldest, dating from the...

15 June 2010

11th C. – Gateway, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow

The Gateway, the only surviving example in Ireland, was the main entrance to the monastic enclosure. The steps up to it are modern for access. It consists of a square building with round...

06 January 2010

1200 – King John’s Castle, Carlingford, Co. Louth

Known as King John’s Castle because it was allegedly founded by King John who stayed here briefly in 1210, the castle was more likely founded by Hugh de Lacy some years before. The...

03 February 2011

1200 – St. Doulagh’s Church, Balgriffin, Co. Dublin

The oldest part of the church as it stands is medieval, dating from the 12th century, and believed to have been home to a small monastic settlement. The main historic building is 48...