Galway Cathedral
Galway Cathedral
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Galway Cathedral

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Free

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Churches/Religious Sites, Free Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
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A newcomer as far as stone cathedrals in Europe go, the Galway Cathedral was completed in 1965. The architecture is modern and instead of the typical altars and stained-glass windows, there are mosaics. There's even one of John F. Kennedy.

Recent travelers said a visit to the cathedral was well worth a stop, and described the interior as "wonderful," thanks to its intricately decorated dome and Romanesque arches. The cathedral's mosaics and stonework were also highlights for recent visitors.

You'll find the cathedral on the west bank of the River Corrib, just north of the city center. The cathedral is usually open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., though it may close earlier on select holidays, such as Christmas. Entrance is free, though donations are accepted. For more information, visit the cathedral's website.

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