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St. Mary's Pro-Cathedral

The exterior of St. Mary's Pro Cathedral

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Dublin's principal Catholic cathedral (also known as St. Mary's) is a great place to hear the best Irish male voices: a Palestrina choir, in which the great Irish tenor John McCormack began his career, sings in Latin here every Sunday morning at 11. The cathedral, built between 1816 and 1825, has a classical church design—on a suitably epic scale. The church's facade, with a six-Doric-pillared portico, is based on the Temple of Theseus in Athens; the interior is modeled after the Grecian-Doric style of St. Philippe du Roule in Paris. But the building was never granted full cathedral status, nor has the identity of its architect ever been discovered; the only clue to its creation is in the church ledger, which lists a "Mr. P." as the builder.

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  • Address: 83 Marlborough St., Northside, Dublin, Co. Dublin, Dublin 1 | Map It
  • Phone: 01/874–5441
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Weekdays 7:30–6:45, Sat. 7:30–7:15, Sun. 9–1:45 and 5:30–7:45
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  • Location: The Northside
Updated: 04-29-2014

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    Worth a pop-in

    Big church north of the Liffey, looks more like a Greek temple than a cathedral. Attractive inside, good stained glass. Not as essential as some other local houses of worship, but worth a look-in.

    by bachslunch, 11/12/08

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