St. Patrick, holding a shamrock. In preaching to the people of Ireland, St. Patrick used the shamrock to demonstrate the nature of the Holy Trinity.
I'm amazed at all the detail inside this church.
Of course the windows are spectacular.
I love this picture. You can see the pipes of the William Telford pipe organ, and the sun coming through the window is so brilliant, it feels as if God himself is present in the light. You can also get a glimpse of the magnificent ceiling in this picture.
Here's a closeup of the ceiling; unfortunately the image is really blurred. I sharpened it as best I could -- hopefully you can get the general idea of it's intricacies. The curved squares in the very top are tile mosaics. The mural over the white arch represents St. Patrick converting and baptizing the Irish people.
All this colorful stonework is truly amazing. In 1887, the new Primate of Armagh, Cardinal Michael Logue, began many updates and improvements to St. Patrick's Cathedral. The most striking of Cardinal Logue's additions were the scheme of mosaics he had commissioned to cover every inch of blank wall in the cathedral. Those colorful and intricate mosaics are what you see in the above pictures.
A different exterior view of the church,
and here is the window seen from the inside. Notice the beautiful mosaics above the window.
Above is another spectacular window. Hal must have been here at a perfect time of day because the sunlight pouring through these windows was lovely.
Another interesting feature of this cathedral is the carved relief you see in the picture above. In 1875, Archbishop McGettigan, who preceded Cardinal Logue as Primate of St. Patrick's, commissioned a unique set of 14 Stations of the Cross from Herbert and Co. of Liverpool. These Stations of the Cross were cast in plaster and erected around the walls of the cathedral. That looks like gold leaf behind the sculptures -- what do you think?
These images are somewhat blurry too, but I wanted to share them anyway.
Some of the photos were just too blurry to use, so there are only 10 of the 14 Stations of the Cross represented here.
You can see more of the exquisite mosaic tile work in these pictures.
By comparison to the ornate cathedral, above is the Methodist church in Armagh. We belong to the Methodist church here, but I'm guessing the protestant church is not a big deal in Armagh. ;)
Above is the observatory and planetarium in Armagh.
This seems to be a sort of chart to designate the summer and winter solstices and the time period in between. I've never seen one of these before.
Hal probably took this picture for me because I love the cheerful red post boxes in the U.K. This one looks pretty with the planter of colorful primroses in the background.
I hope you enjoyed this glimpse of Armagh and St. Patrick's cathedral in the week before St. Patrick's Day. Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.
I'm linking to Mosaic Monday, hosted by Judith at Lavender Cottage. Thank you for hosting the party, Judith! Linking to Amaze Me Monday -- thank you for hosting Cindy!