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Galway Cathedral
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Galway Cathedral showing heritage architecture, a church or cathedral and religious aspects

See a fascinating mosaic of John F. Kennedy in a modern church he visited in Ireland. Admire its rose window and artworks.

The green dome of Galway Cathedral is the most iconic sight in the city. The impressive building is fairly modern and was constructed and dedicated in the mid-1900s. Admire the fusion of architectural styles in the pillars, dome and façade of this gray-and-green building.

Arrive at this picturesque part of the city between the waterways of the River Corrib and Eglington Canal. Snap photos of the imposing building and note the Renaissance influences in its pillars and dome. The water and a row of trees serve as a scenic backdrop. Admire the use of light green for the roofs, mixing well with the gray exterior walls.

Enter through the main door to find yourself in the ornate nave. Note the stunning colors of the rose window above the organ. Marvel at the spectacular mosaic of Christ on the cross.

The pale green color scheme continues with the marble on the underside of the arcades. Examine the bright stained-glass windows and sculptures that decorate the internal walls.

Discover works of art in the corners of this church. The Chapel of the Resurrection has a fascinating mosaic of John F. Kennedy, the first Catholic president of the United States. The artwork reflects the popularity the former president achieved in Ireland.

Learn about the intriguing details of the church, which was built on the site of the former city jail. Architect John J. Robinson designed the church as well as many other religious structures around the country. The full name of the complex is the Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St. Nicholas.

Enter the church as a visitor for free and consider leaving a donation. It is generally open daily from morning until early evening. Parking is available, for a fee, in the lot in the complex’s grounds. Note that it is free on Sundays.

Galway Cathedral is on the western flank of the River Corrib in the northwestern part of the city center. The National University of Ireland is nearby. Take a bus to the stop on the northern side of the church or walk from Eyre Square in 10 minutes.

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