St Nicholas of Myra, Dublin

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The Church of St Nicholas of Myra is a Roman Catholic church on Francis Street, Dublin that is still in use today. The site has been used as a place of worship as far back as the 12th century. The current church was built in 1829 and dedicated to Saint Nicholas in 1835.
On the site where the current church stands, a wooden chapel once existed around the 12th century. It was later demolished and a stone church and Franciscan monastery were built after the arrival in Ireland of the Franciscan order in 1233. In 1235 John le Porter provided the land and King Henry III contributed 50 marks towards the construction. The completed church was dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi, from where the neighbouring street got its name. The stone church was then destroyed during the Dissolution reign of Henry VIII around the 1540s.
During the 17th century the Franciscans acquired the land for their own use, but they had to reconsider their plans due to the fallout of the Popish Plot by Titus Oates in 1678.
The current church was built to serve as the Metropolitan Church for Irish Catholic Archbishops by Archbishop Patrick Russell, replacing the church in Limerick Lane. Limerick lane connected Francis Street and Patrick Street.
The first architect of the church was John Leeson. The building commenced in 1829, opened in 1834 and was dedicated in 1835.
In 1860, the architect Patrick Byrne was commissioned to enhance the church. He added the main exterior features of the church such as the ionic portico, pediment, bell-tower and cupola.
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  • This Church is off the tourist trails of Dublin. Although it's not far from St Patrick's Church and Christ Church, you have to take a detour to get there and not everyone knows. You arrive from Francis Street and there is also a small parking lot if you get in the car. Very unusual.
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  • This old Dublin catholic Church was built in 1829, with the portico and tower added in 1860 to the design of John Leeson. The church was designed to have a spire which was never built. Leeson built th...  more »
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  • Beautiful church with some beautiful statues and artwork. It's a tad hard to find as it's set back from the street. Just look for the tall black railings and it's behind there. The priest who said the funeral mass was lovely. Warm, compassionate and friendly.
  • One of the best classical churches you will ever see. The sculpture work around the altar is a joy to behold and a few secrets to bestoy as well.
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