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Cork City - Cathedrals

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There are two cathedrals in the city St Mary's Cathedral and St Finbarre's Cathedral.

Saint Finbarre's Cathedral is a Church of Ireland cathedral. The site of the cathedral has been a place of worship since the 7th century. It is the seat of the Bishop of Cloyne and Ross. It is named after Cork's patron saint. Architect William Burges began work on the present Gothic Revival cathedral in 1862. Construction started on the cathedral in 1865 and in 1870 the unfinished building was consecrated. Construction was completed on the building in 1879 with the completion of the towers and spires. A small classical building was constructed on the site in 1735 by Bishop Peter Browne and was demolished in 1865 to make way for the present cathedral, the entrance gate however was left intact and is stll present on the site.

A Medieval Cathedral was situated on the site prior to the 18th Century one but few traces of it are visible, this cathedral was damaged during the siege of Cork in 1689/90 when it came under fire from the nearby Elizabeth Fort. When the steeple was demolished in 1865 a 24-pound cannon was discovered, which now is on display in the current building.

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