A Day in the City
Trip Start Jan 01, 2013
17Trip End Jun 01, 2013
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According to it's history, there was a competition to design the church held in 1862 and was won by William Burges. The building took seven years to build and the first service was held in 1870, but carving and decoration continued into the 20th century. To enter the cathedral it is normally four euros for adults and three euros for students, but UCC students get to go in for free, the reason for the charge is because just maintaining St
After we saw St. Finbarr's we walked to St. Anne's which is near the city centre and around a 10 minute walk from St. Finbarr's.Along the walk to the top on the different floors, the history of the church is explained including the fact that the bells still bear their original inscriptions, including the following:
"When is you ring we'll sweetly sing" "Since generosity has opened our mouths our tongues shall sing aloud its praise."
On the floor just before the balcony, you get a chance to ring the Bells. There are a list of songs you can play including "Amazing Grace," "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," "The Bells of Shandon," and many others. The disent to the balcony is not for the faint of heart, you have to duck under pillars and walk almsot directly under the bells and wear special ear muffs to protect your ears. If someone plays the bells as your walking near them be prepared it is very loud. That being said, my favorite part by far of the Shandon Bells was the view from the balcony of Cork City and the countryside. It is beautiful and without a doubt one of my favorite things I have done in the city yet, if you are in the city it is a must!