Photographer's Note

This is the front view of the Cathedral of Christ the King situated in the heart of the town of Mullingar in County Westmeath.

It replaced an earlier cathedral known as the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception which stood near here from 1836 to 1936. Construction on Christ the King began in 1933 to the Renaissance Basilica designs of William Byrne and Sons from Dublin. Its striking twin towers can be seen from quite a distance and rise to a height of 55 meters. These are topped with two large bronze crosses. The cathedral can seat 5000 people.

It opened in September 1936, and at the request of Pope Pious XI, it was dedicated to Christ the King. It was the first cathedral in the world to be dedicated to Christ the King.

Inside, the it is renowned for its rich decorative works. Most noted are the mosaics in the chapels of Saint Anne and Saint Patrick. These delicate and intricate works were created by the Russian Boris Anrep. One unusual thing to note is that in the mosaic in the chapel of St Anne, the saints name is spelled Anna. She is reputed to also look extremely similar to the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova. Boris Anrep had an affair with this poet and she has appeared in many of his mosaic works. The one at Mullingar however is the only one which features her name.

Christ the King is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic diocese of Meath. Its total cost including construction and decoration inside was 275,000.

The cathedral is open to the public at all times, and also features a museum.

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