Galway Cathedral (Galway)

The Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas, commonly known as Galway Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Galway, Ireland and is one of the largest and most impressive buildings in the city.

Construction began in 1958 on the site of the old city jail, and in 1965 was finally dedicated by Cardinal Richard Cushing to Our Lady Assumed into Heaven (Mary, mother of Jesus) and St Nicholas.

The architecture of the Cathedral draws on many influences. The dome and pillars reflect a Renaissance style. Other features, including the rose windows and mosaics, echo the broad tradition of Christian art. The Cathedral dome, at a height of 44.2 metres (145 ft), is a prominent landmark on the city skyline.

The Cathedral pipe organ was originally built by the Liverpool firm of Rushworthe & Dreaper in 1966, it was renovated and greatly expanded by the Irish organ-builder Trevor Crowe between 2006 and 2007. It has three manuals and 59 speaking stops, and is used regularly during services as well as in the annual series of summer concerts.

The Cathedral also has a smaller portable instrument, with one manual and four stops. It is used in smaller-scale liturgy in the Cathedral's side chapels, as well as in a continuo role in concerts.

 

Top tourist attractions:

Ireland - Galway

Eyre Square
St Nicholas Collegiate Church
Spanish Arch

Galway Cathedral
Lynchs Castle
National University of Ireland

 

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