5 Pictures from St Patrick’s Cathedral

St. Patrick’s Cathedral is the largest church in Ireland.  It is also the final resting place of Jonathan Swift.  I’m not sure why my sister and I decided to go there, but we did.  

Maybe it’s because we went on a really nice day and it looked really big and imposing. 

I'm really proud of this picture.

I’m really proud of this picture.

Maybe it’s because I have an odd interest/fascination with stained glass.

ALL the colours!

ALL the colours!

Maybe it’s because I like architecture and churches are interesting to look at.

Admit it - that's impressive.

Admit it – that’s impressive.

Maybe it’s because there are cemeteries nearby and I like old cemetery stones/carved stones in general.

Was outside, now inside.  Still cool.

Was outside, now inside. Still cool.

Or maybe it’s because I like interesting things and this church is the where the term “chancing your arm“* (to take a risk) was born.

The original door through which the arm was "chanced".

The original door through which the arm was “chanced”.

*If you don’t want to go to the link and read all that, here’s the gist: in Medieval Ireland there was a dispute between the Butlers and FitzGeralds (kind-of like the Hatfields and McCoy’s I guess). Black James (a Butler) and his men were taking refuge in the chapter house of the Cathedral during a fight.  FitzGerald had the upper hand, but wished for a peaceful resolution.  He asked James to meet with him face to face, but James refused to leave the chapter house.  So FitzGerald had his soldiers cut a hole in the door, through which he stuck his arm as a show of good faith.  Instead of cutting the arm off, James shook it and the feud was ended.

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