Dublin in County Dublin, Leinster, Ireland — Mid-East (and Dublin)
St. Patrick's Cathedral
This majestic view of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin is a colour reproduction from a series of original aquatints etched by James Malton, whose work, A Picturesque and Descriptive View of the City of Dublin, gives us a glimpse of Dublin at the close of the 18th-century.
Malton was “struck with admiration at the beauty of the capital of Ireland and was anxious to make a display of it to the world”.
It is here that St. Patrick was said to have baptised converts to Christianity in the 5th century. A church has been situated on this site ever since. The present one was first built around 1225, but it has been enlarged and restored many times. “The tower,” wrote Malton, “is placed at the north west corner of the Cathedral: its plan is a square of 38ft, and is 125ft high, and on the top is a plain octagonal Spire of Stone, rising 50ft to the point.”
Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver's Travels, was Dean here from 1713 to 1745. His pulpit can still be seen although it is no longer used.
At the south side of the aisle is Swift's tomb. His famous epitaph, “He lies where furious indignation can no longer rend his heart”, can be seen over the door of the robing room.
“It is not in a rich style of Gothic architecture”, wrote Malton of this
Erected by Baileys.
Location. 53° 20.402′ N, 6° 16.325′ W. Marker is in Dublin, Leinster, in County Dublin. Marker is at the intersection of Patrick Street (National Route 81) and St. Patrick's Close, on the left when traveling south on Patrick Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dublin, Leinster 8, Ireland.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Saint Patrick’s Park (here, next to this marker); Dublin Millenium Literary Parade (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Chris Reid Oral History Artwork Project (about 210 meters away); Veronica Guerin (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Castle Hall (approx. half a kilometer away); First Performance of Handel's Messiah (approx. half a kilometer away); Margaret Anna Cusack (approx. half a kilometer away); Lord Ardilaun (approx. 0.7 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Dublin.
Also see . . . St. Patrick's Cathedral. (Submitted on September 14, 2009.)
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