Topped by soaring spires and leering gargoyles, Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral is one of Ireland's medieval masterpieces. The cathedral was completed in 1879 and blends elaborate French Gothic architecture with Protestant traditions. It's built on the site where Fin Barre, the city's patron saint, founded a 7th-century monastic school.
The interior features gleaming marble floor mosaics and a cavernous ceiling. The centrepiece is the enormous bishop's throne and beautifully carved pulpit. Colourful stained-glass windows depict scenes from the Old and New Testaments, while the sanctuary ceiling is adorned with paintings of Jesus Christ and his angels.
Other highlights include a cannonball that was fired at one of the spires in 1690. Visit Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral during the day or attend a morning prayer, Sunday service or choir recital. The cathedral shop is a great place to pick up unique gifts and souvenirs.
Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral is in Cork, a 10-minute stroll from the city centre. Local buses stop along Proby's Quay, just steps from the cathedral. The cathedral is also on the city sightseeing bus route. Cork Airport is a 15-minute drive south.