Dublin Environs

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  • 1. Glendalough

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Nestled in a lush, quiet valley deep in the rugged Wicklow Mountains, among two lakes and acres of windswept heather, Gleann dá Loch ("glen...Read More

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  • 2. Mellifont Abbey

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Founded in 1142 by St. Malachy, Mellifont Abbey was inspired by the formal structure surrounding a courtyard of St. Bernard of Clairvaux's monastery...Read More

  • 3. Friary

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Closed down during the 16th-century dissolution of the monasteries, the Friary is a reminder of Wicklow's stormy past, which began with the...Read More

  • 4. Newtown Abbey

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    East of Trim on the banks of the River Boyne, Newtown contains the ruins of what was once the largest cathedral in Ireland, built beginning...Read More

  • 5. St. Brigid's Cathedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The Church of Ireland St. Brigid's Cathedral is where the eponymous saint founded a religious settlement in the 5th century. The present cathedral...Read More

  • 6. St. Colmcille's House

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Similar in appearance to St. Kevin's Church at Glendalough and Cormac's Chapel at Cashel, St. Colmcille's House is an 11th-century church on...Read More

  • 7. St. Columba's

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Four elaborately carved High Crosses stand in the church graveyard; you'll find the stump of a fifth in the marketplace—it was used as a gallows...Read More

  • 8. St. Mary's Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built in 1839, St. Mary's Church has a late-18th-century wood carving of the Crucifixion, the work of a local artist, Edward Smyth. At the time...Read More

  • 9. St. Mochta's House

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Standing at the center of the village is the excellently preserved St. Mochta's House, an oratory dating from the 11th century. The steeply...Read More

  • 10. St. Patrick's Cathedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This church dates from early in the 19th century, but the square tower is from an earlier structure built in 1449. Bishops were enthroned here...Read More

  • 11. St. Patrick's Cathedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built between 1835 and 1847, this grand cathedral was designed when the Gothic Revival was at its height. With its buttresses and mosaics lining...Read More

  • 12. St. Patrick's College

    Educational Institution

    What was once a center for the training of Catholic priests is now one of Ireland's most important lay universities. The visitor center chronicles...Read More

  • 13. St. Peter's

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A severe church within an enclosed courtyard, the 18th-century Anglican St. Peter's is rarely open except for Sunday services. It's worth a...Read More

  • 14. St. Peter's Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The Gothic Revival Roman Catholic St. Peter's Church houses the preserved head of St. Oliver Plunkett. Primate of all Ireland, he was martyred...Read More

  • 15. St. Thomas Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Between the River Vartry and the road to Dublin stands the Protestant church, which incorporates various unusual details: a Romanesque door...Read More

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