St. Mary's Pro-Cathedral, Dublin

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St Mary's Church, known also as St Mary's Pro-Cathedral or simply the Pro-Cathedral, the Chapel in Marlborough Street or the Pro, is a pro-cathedral and is the episcopal seat of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland.Status as "pro-cathedral"The city of Dublin possesses two cathedrals, but unusually, both belong to one church, the minority Church of Ireland, which up until 1871 had been the religion of establishment in Ireland. In contrast, the majority religion in Ireland, Roman Catholicism, has no cathedral in Ireland's capital city and has not had one since the Reformation, when the Church of Ireland was founded following Henry VIII's break from Rome. As the official church, the Church of Ireland took control of most church property, including the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity (generally known as Christchurch) and St. Patrick's Cathedral. These two churches had long shared the role of cathedral of Dublin, controversially at first, then under an agreement of 1300, Pacis Compositio, which gave Christchurch formal precedence, including the right to enthrone the Archbishop and to hold his cross, mitre and ring after death, but with deceased Archbishops of Dublin to be buried alternately in each of the two cathedrals, unless they personally willed otherwise, and the two cathedrals to act as one, and "shared equally in their freedoms".
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  • Not the most beautiful of cathedrals, but there's a partly sculpted ceiling, mosaic floor, and a number of dedicated altars. I'd liked to have had more history on display for interested visitors, as t...  more »
  • If you are a practising Catholic you have to go to Mass on Sundays in this pro-cathedral and you will find out how the religiosity of the Irish is beautiful and no frills just like this church.
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  • For a small cathedral it is a beautiful place of prayer. This is a very peaceful place to renew your contact with God. I feel at peace here and my wonderful deceased parents were married here in 1951. For such a wonderful peaceful in the middle of the city, it is a peaceful place to renew your contact with God, Our lady and all the saints. I will be back please God.
  • An absolute jewel of the city, a must see especially on a Sunday mass. The cathedral has a very beautiful architecture and it's much bigger inside than you would expect from a church squeezed between other buildings in the downtown. It was a blessing to participate to the mass celebrated here.
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