St Nicholas’ Church was established on this site in 1182 by John de Courcy, an Anglo-Norman knight who arrived in Ireland in 1176 and who was responsible for building the impressive Carrickfergus Castle. Symbolism and history are interwoven in the church’s fabric. There are many impressive stained glass windows whose unique style and colouring makes this church a constant focus for visitors.
St. Patrick is said to have presided over the church of Clogher. According to tradition a monastery and diocese were founded in Clogher circa 490 by St. Macartan on the orders of St. Patrick. The present building was erected on the site in 1744.
Holywood’s rich ecclesiastical heritage is represented today by its most distinctive building, the Old Priory.
Located within the city’s Walls, First Derry Presbyterian Church has a significant historical context. It is believed to be on the site of an earlier Presbyterian church founded in 1690, as a reward for the bravery of the Presbyterian’s during the Siege of Derry in 1689.
Probably best known for it’s perfect 12th-century round tower, one of the finest in Ireland, and ruined Augustinian abbey complete with intricately carved 15th-century high cross in graveyard.
These splendid ruins of a Cistercian Abbey church and conventual buildings are the finest example of Anglo-Norman ecclesiastical architecture in Northern Ireland.
Portaferry Presbyterian Church was built in 1841, in the Greek revival style, possibly using the Temple of Nemesis on the Greek Island of Rhamnous as a model. This Greek Doric temple, designed by the Belfast architect John Millar, is tucked away behind High Street and the buildings fronting The Square. In spite of its architectural importance and dominance of the area in which it stands, it is not particularly well known outside the locality.
Dominating the skyline on all approaches to the city of Londonderry is Saint Columb’s Cathedral, which has stood on its prominent site inside the famous walls of Derry since 1633.
Armagh…The spiritual Capital of Ireland for 1500 years and the seat of both Church of Ireland and Catholic archbishops, Armagh is the oldest and most venerated of Irish Cities and has a long Christian heritage.
This is a most curious example of a very important building which changes both architect, and architectural style, half way up the walls.