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The cache is a micro one and a magnet is involved. You will need your own pen and please use as little space as possible and please be extremely careful retrieving and replacing the cache. THE CACHE SHOULD BE REPLACED LOW DOWN!!
The above coordinates take you to the cache, though the large building can play havoc with the coordinates. You should be able to see, etched on the pavement at N53 20.626 W006 16.299, a facsimile of downtown Dubh Linn (Dublin) as it was back in Viking times. Starting there you should be able to see a door clearly (brown currently) with a pointed arch over it. This is a back entrance to the cathedral (currently some renovation works taking place August 06). There will be other tell tale signs etched nearby in the concrete at your feet (see spoiler pics). The cache is not too far.
As this is a heavily visited tourist area please be very careful retrieving and replacing the cache.
Quite a lengthy storm blew up during the planning stages of Dublin City Council Offices which are housed on the river side of Christ Church Cathedral. The excavations at Wood Quay unearthed some priceless artefacts from the Viking era of Dublin history and many concerned historians and conservationists tried to block the construction of the offices. The citizens of Dublin were divided on the issue and this delayed the construction for quite a few years.
In the end a compromise (or Irish solution!) was reached and the buildings that you now see close to the cache area were erected. In my opinion, they have to be among the ugliest creations that you could place next to such a wonderful ancient monument, but there you are!
Part of the area you will visit near the cache included the old street known as Fishamble Street. In an old theatre here (long since gone) Handel's Messiah was famously performed for the first time.
CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL
No visit to Dublin is complete without a visit to Christ Church Cathedral. It costs 5 Euro per adult to visit the inside of the cathedral (not necessary for the cache). This is the mother church of the diocese of Dublin and Glendalough.
Viking Dublin’s cathedral was built on this site c.1030 and briefly became a cathedral priory under the Benedictines. In 1162 the archbishop of Dublin, Laurence O’Toole (Lorcan Ua Tuathail-later canonised) introduced the canons regular of St Augustine to the cathedral where they remained until the Reformation. The cathedral’s present shape dates from the 1180s rebuilding under John Cumin, the first Anglo-Norman archbishop. When Henry VIII broke from Rome in the 1530s the Irish church, however reluctantly, had to follow suit.
The liturgy followed English usage and language. The Church of Ireland maintains that, having passed through the Reformation, faith reformed but succession unbroken, it is directly descended from celtic and medieval Christianity and is today a continuing part of Christ’s one holy catholic and apostolic Church in this land.
Christian worship is the primary purpose of the cathedral and visitors of all denominations are welcome at Sunday and weekday services.
There have been major restorations of the cathedral over the centuries. Christ Church 2000 is a €5m restoration appeal which has conserved the crypt. Other exterior work is ongoing. Some visitors express surprise at being asked to give a donation on entering a church. Neither Ireland or Britain has a Church Tax for the architectural maintenance of ancient churches.
Before leaving the cathedral please say a prayer for the Archbishop, the Dean and Chapter and the Board and all who work here: for the unity of all Christian people: for the Lord Mayor and Corporation and citizens of Dublin.
Strongbow, leader of the Cambro-Normans captured Dublin in 1170, and was buried in the cathedral in 1176. The original tomb was destroyed when the wall above and roof collapsed in 1562. The business life of Dublin, which centred on the old monument for the payment of rents, meant that a “new” Strongbow had to be provided. The replacement is from the 14th century and has some fine details of medieval armour, including rowel spurs on the ankles. The small figure alongside is believed to be a fragment from the original monument.
The Crypt of Christ Church Cathedral dates from the late 12th century and is not only the largest medieval crypt in either Britain or Ireland but also the oldest structure in Dublin. It is unusual in stretching under the nave as well as the choir of the upper church. 175ft/63.4m long, it is a forest of heavy rough-stone pillars which carries the entire weight of the cathedral and central tower. It contains many historic artefacts which have survived here simply because they were in no one’s way.
Statues of Charles I and Charles II among many other features remain in the crypt.
The cathedral itself houses many ancient and interesting items:
Musicians corner, the Baptistry, The Civic Pew, The 15th Century Brass Medieval Lectern, The Sedilia, The Screens, The South Transept, The Peace Chapel of St Laud, The Lady Chapel, and many more.
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