CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL – WATERFORD
Located in the heart of Waterford City, Christ Church stands at the site of an 11th-century Viking church, where English knight Strongbow and Irish Princess Aoife married in 1170. Later, in the 13th century, the Normans took over Waterford and built a Gothic cathedral, which remained until the community decided to construct Christ Church in 1773.
In addition to its rich ecclesiastical history, Christ Church also boasts architectural importance. It was designed by highly regarded architect John Roberts and is the only neo-classical Georgian cathedral in Ireland. Its highlights include the stucco plaster ceiling, an elaborate stained glass window and a pillar that remains from the medieval cathedral.
The Cathedral is open to the public all year round. Special events and concerts take place there throughout the year.
The Architect John Roberts was born in Waterford in 1712. His father was a local builder It is believed that he was partially trained as an architect in London. In 1746 John Roberts was requested by Bishop Richard Chenevix to complete the new Bishop's Palace, also Christchurch Cathedral, and City Hall in Waterford city.