Galway Cathedral (also called Our Lady and St. Nicholas Cathedral and known as Galway Cathedral in English) is a Catholic cathedral located in the city centre of Galway. Considered one of the most beautiful monuments in the city, it is also one of the most impressive, from the outside… as well as from the inside!
Galway Cathedral is fairly recent, and is believed to have been built between 1958 and 1965 on the site of a former prison in the city along Lough Corrib. Determined to make of this building a grandiose place, the city of Galway did not skimp on the means, using the most beautiful materials to raise their cathedral.
This was completed at the end of 1965, and inaugurated by Cardinal Richard Cushing, a prominent figure in the city’s clergy.
The Cathedral is not to everyone’s taste and may seem as austere as it is imposing at first glance. Nevertheless, it has a certain charm with its grey stones and green dome, as well as great finesse in its architecture. Its dome and roofs are mainly made of copper (which has turned green over time), and the ashlars are particularly dark. A very square architecture, which gives the impression that the cathedral is composed of a single block.
Nevertheless, the show takes place mainly inside … The cathedral is simple and elegant, an amazing fusion between Renaissance and Hiberno-Saxon styles (the contrast between these styles is not found anywhere else in Ireland!). You will be able to admire an absolutely magnificent carved wooden roof, imposing volumes protected by thick stone walls, mosaics and large stained glass windows.
every day from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Duration: 30 minutes