St. Peter and Paul's Church, Cork

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Saints Peter and Paul's Church is a Catholic church located just off St Patrick's Street in Cork City, Ireland.
Peter and Paul's was built to replace Carey's Lane Chapel, a much smaller structure built in 1786. Under the guidance of Archdeacon John Murphy, a design competition was run in the 1850s and won by E. W. Pugin, son of Augustus Pugin. The foundation stone was laid on 15 August 1859 and the church was dedicated for worship on 29 June 1866.
The church comprises a central nave with gable roof and two aisles. The walls are of red sandstone with limestone dressing. The aisles are at either side of the nave, which is covered with a gable roof. The ridge of the roof is decorated by ornamental ironwork, partly gilt, terminated at the western gable by an ornamental cross with foliated arms.
The grand altar is carved from 36 tons of Carrara marble. The pavements surrounding the altar, and the steps, are all of white Italian vein marble. The apse is decorated with blue and gold ceiling panels. The flooring of the church is in white and black marble.
The pulpit and confessionals were carved from Russian oak by craftsmen from Leuven and Cork.
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  • Typical Irish church, with peak towers and a dark tone, like the city of Cork. It is quite far from the center and is not close to much, it is also on a climb so it is not essential to visit if you do not have much time.
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  • In Ireland there are thousands of churches, Catholic and not, and surely there are more beautiful, decorated and ancient ones than this one. Not that it's ugly or neglected, indeed, but it doesn't have much of a particular, except the ceiling. It is in a very central position, so entering a minute on the fly (perhaps even just to shelter from the rain) may be worth it: from the central corridor, raising your eyes to the ceiling, you discover the true peculiarity of this great church, that is a clean ceiling, symmetrical, grandiose in its simple structure.
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  • Great if you like church's
  • One of the very many, large, Catholic churches in Cork. This one is close to centre of town. Very grand interior and sense of peace in a busy area.
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