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Sunday 20 April 2014

750 years of history - Lady Chapel in St Patrick’s Cathedral opens next week

TOURISTS will have the chance to connect with 750 years of history when the newly refurbished Lady Chapel at St Patrick’s Cathedral opens to the public next week.

Constructed in the 1270s, the Lady Chapel is one of the oldest sections of St Patrick’s Cathedral and has been closed to the public. 

“St Patrick’s Cathedral is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Dublin as it is, and with the reopening of this Chapel, we hope to reiterate our strong commitment to increasing the offerings to our visitors,” Rev Victor Stacey, Dean of the Cathedral, said.

 “We would also hope that the Lady Chapel will represent a considerable addition to Dublin’s attractiveness to visitors, and as such we placed particular emphasis on procuring craftspeople based in Ireland, both for the restoration and the development of new furniture.”

 The conservation project cost in the region of €700k and took over six months to complete.

Apart from providing visitors with access to the Chapel, the work has illuminated the Cathedral because of the light enhancement created through the cleaning of the stone work. 

Historically, the Chapel was the burial place of many bishops and archbishops before the reformation, and it was used subsequently by the Huguenots and other congregations.

Check out our video to see the inside of the Lady Chapel.

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