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While visiting Lake View recently, I was visiting one of the newest sections and noticed a new variety of grave art I hadn’t seen before. The carvings on the monuments are not reminiscent of the kind of windows that might be found in a church or cathedral.

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There is another style of monument out there that actually has stained glass incorporated into it, but this is a different take altogether.

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Spire of St. Patrick's near sunset

St. Patrick's Cathedral

I’ve written about my whirlwind walking tour of Dublin before. The last place I was able to visit before darkness forced me back to my hotel was St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The sun is already setting in the photographs I am showing here.

Statue of St. Patrick

Carving on St. Patrick's Cathedral showing St. Patrick

St. Patrick’s is named, of course, for the patron saint of Ireland. St. Patrick’s has a more specific claim to the saint, however. In the park just outside the church, you can find this tiny marker.

St. Patrick's Well

It states “Near here is the reputed site of the well where St. Patrick baptised many of the local inhabitants in the Fifth Century A.D.”

Inside, there is not a crypt to visit, but the walls are positively lined with monuments to the well-heeled of Ireland. This one is for an Earl of Cork and his Countess.

Earl and Countess of Cork

William Worth, a Baron of the Exchequer, has a simpler but still fitting monument.

William Worth

Like in Christ Church, there are some medieval burials that are so worn by time as to be unidentifiable without some other sort of records.

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Fulk de Sandeford, Archbishop of Dublin many years ago, has a better preserved tomb.

St. Patrick's Cathedral

Robert Sutton has a funeral brass. Monumental brasses are a real challenge to photograph.

Funeral brass at St. Patrick's

I photographed so many memorials in St. Patrick’s that there will definitely be more posts about it.

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Yesterday, I wrote about Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin, and specifically the monuments in the main cathedral. I cannot write about the dead at Christ Church without writing about perhaps the most famous entombment at all – the cat and the rat. The crypt displays the mummified remains of a cat and rat.   Please do not click below if you think you will find photos of such disturbing. (more…)

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Christchurch Cathedral

One of the most magnificent places I visited in Dublin was Christ Church Cathedral, or the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. Founded in approximately 1030, the cathedral is the seat of the Anglican – Episcopalian Diocese of Dublin and Glendalough, Church of Ireland. (Despite the fact that the Republic of Ireland is estimated to be over 90% Roman Catholic, both of the cathedrals I visited in Dublin were Anglican.)

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Like many European cathedrals, Christ Church has burials underneath the cathedral floor. Some of them are so old and worn by time that the art is difficult to make out.

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Sometimes modern signs intrude on any attempt to lose oneself in the age of the cathedral and its monuments.
Thomas Prior

Here is a detail shot of the poem in Latin on Prior’s monument. I can pick out words, but not translate the whole thing.
Thomas Prior

Thomas Abbott, LLD

Thomas Fletcher

Next post on Christ Church – the crypt…

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