14. Visit Limerick’s oldest building still in daily use, the 11th Century St. Mary’s Cathedral

Most noteworthy relics of the past, within the ancient Cathedral, are the ancient altar stone used when Mass was celebrated in the Cathedral and the splendidly carved misericords in the choir.

The Cathedral of Saint Mary Blessed Virgin has had a long and eventful history. It was founded in 1168 on the site of a palace donated by Donal Mor O'Brien King of Munster. Experts believe that parts of the palace are incorporated into the present structure of the Cathedral.

The most prominent is the West Door which tradition has it was the main entrance to the palace. The palace had been built on the site of the Viking meeting house. This had been the centre of government in the early medieval Viking city.

The Cathedral has seen many changes as the city expanded around it and it remains today the oldest and most historic building in Limerick.

No trip to Limerick is complete without visiting this historic building at the very heart of this ancient metropolis.

See our St. Mary's Cathedral section for more information.

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