V9590 : St Mary's Cathedral

taken 2 years ago, near to Cill Airne, Mill Bridge and Coolcorcoran Bridge, Kerry, Ireland

St Mary's Cathedral
St Mary's Cathedral
St. Mary's Cathedral, Killarney, is a Roman Catholic cathedral in County Kerry.
St. Mary's Cathedral was designed by the English Architect Augustus Pugin who is said to have gained inspiration from the ruins of Ardfert Cathedral "which is particularly evident in the slender triple lancets in the east and west walls."
Construction was not continuous. The Great Famine and the lack of available funds meant the work was stopped several times and when recommenced in 1853 the interior decorations were designed by James Joseph McCarthy. In 1855 the building was ready for regular worship. Separately the spire and nave were completed in 1907 by the Irish Architects Ashlin and Coleman of Dublin who had designed Cobh Cathedral.
The width of the nave was based on the medieval models to be found throughout Ireland and England. The west end is very Irish in character, with three tall lancet windows and a very low entrance door beneath.
The stonework used is an attractive mixture of brown and grey stone. The siting of the church is more like the siting of a priory than the siting of a cathedral, as the cathedral stands in a huge field instead of in the middle of the original settlement of Killarney.

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Date Taken
Sunday, 29 July, 2018   (more nearby)
Thursday, 29 November, 2018
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! V 959 907 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:3.5721N 9:31.0750W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! V 959 906
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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