St Peter and Paul’s Church is one of the most famous buildings in Cork! Known for its architectural beauty, this church is located in the heart of Old Cork, near the main artery of the city: St Patrick’s Street. Magnificent, the church is really worth a visit!
What would a visit to Cork be without passing by one of its most beautiful churches? Whether you are religious or atheist, the place is well worth a visit, if only for the dazzling quality of its architecture and interior decoration.
Built in August 1859 by E.W. Pugin, a much sought-after architect of the time, the church has a deeply Gothic style and uses mainly red sandstone, a stone that contrasts beautifully with the colourful houses of the city. Don’t miss the chance to enter the heart of the building: this is where the most beautiful part of the show takes place! Everything there is grandiose and quickly takes on the appearance of a cathedral! Based on a Latin cross plan, the church consists of an imposing central nave, protected by a richly sculpted roof. The choir, shelters magnificent sculptures of the time, and the stained-glass windows sift the light entering the church to perfection… Not to mention the organ which thrones magnificently at the entrance of the building!
You can visit St Peter and Paul’s Church free of charge, as long as you are discreet and avoid flash photography. Please note that the church is still in use, so avoid visiting it during mass or a similar ceremony.