Friday, May 11, 2012

05/02 Last Day in Dublin :(

            St. Patrick's Cathedral is a cathedral of the Church of Ireland in Dublin, Ireland which was founded in 1911. The Church has designated it 'The National Cathedral' of Ireland. It is the largest church in Ireland with its spire reaching one hundred and forty feet in the air. This cathedral is the location for most public national ceremonies. We went to hear the all boy choir sing. Choirboys are considered professional singers and are actually paid monthly for their services although the girls that are not. The organ in St. Patrick's Cathedral is the largest in Ireland.

           The architectural style of the cathedral is Neo-Gothic. Neo-Gothic architecture was born in in the 18th century in England. Characteristics of Neo-Gothic include pointed arches, steeply pitched roofs, pinnacles, and battlements.I really enjoyed hearing the choir sing in a church. I think it gives it a different feel and ring as apposed to hearing a choir sing in an auditorium or outside where the sound is kind of lost. It was a beautiful experience. 

           For our free day most of us walked around enjoying the architecture and people of Ireland. We listened to some instrument players on the street who played Irish music, we stopped and looked at the details of the statues we passed, and watched an artist make beautiful art on the street with what looked like colour pastels. He also used a bunch of Irish designs in his art.


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