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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Romano46 (15554) 2013-07-14 9:22
è piacevole andare con te in tour per l'Irlanda, tra belle chiese, piacevoli paesaggi o osservando personaggi simpatici, ma sempre con belle fotografie curate nei dettagli.
Non fa eccezione questa che si pregia di un bel soggetto, una composizione perfetta ed equilibrata, un bel taglio.
Come tuo solito hai aggiunto anche delle note molto esaurienti che guidano ottimamente alla conoscenza del soggetto ripreso.
Ciao e buon inizio di settimana
Schnappilic (9682) 2013-07-14 9:48
Good presentation of this beautiful cathedral together with a good informative note in a symmetrical composition. I like the result!
carlo62 (23658) 2013-07-14 14:00
bella architettura, mi piacciono le due torri si slanciano eleganti verso il cielo.
Una bella foto per una bella condivisione.
jcpix (9244) 2013-07-14 18:53
When I first saw this I thought it was perhaps a cathedral from somewhere in South America, this doesn't carry the traditional type of look that we (maybe I should just say "I") so often associate with European churches!? I absolutely love these little gems that you present that show us something unique and unexpected from your country.
There's a hint of sunlight playing across the top of each tower which I find to be the highlight feature here, it gives the entire view a little touch of added warmth. I can't ever recall seeing a "checkpoint" leading to a cathedral before, is it like airport parking where you take a ticket and pay on the way out based on your time there? :) Hope you went inside, I'd love to see some pics of the interior.
Have a great week ahead. Take care.
Cheers from hot & sweaty Arizona,
Sonata11 (32261) 2013-07-14 21:06
very beautiful architecture and wonderfully taken. Lovely colors, sharpness, clarity, great POV. I like it. Perfectly well done.
snunney (76358) 2013-07-15 2:37
A well presented symmetrical composition; the drive and gateway have the benefit of drawing the viewer in toward the imposing architecture with its somewhat austere lines. The lovely sky makes an excellent backcloth for the grey stones. The image has very good clarity.
psamaddar (1089) 2013-07-15 4:38
Great picture with perfect colors, sharpness, clarity, great POV..
mirosu (10942) 2013-07-15 5:03
It is nice to hear from you after long time. You are presenting a very nice photo. I like the low angle viewpoint. The view-up makes the cathedral majestic and dominant. The light is perfect, the contrast against blue sky excellent. Greetings, Miro
amitrajs (132) 2013-07-15 9:53
Namastey Noel.............perfectly framed shot...........beautiful architecture there..........there should have been more light for me in this shot to bring out the details of the cathedral (compare the upper half of the towers with the lower half of the architecture)..........tfs
krzychu30 (14986) 2013-07-15 10:15
beautiful Cathedral in renaissance style.The first thing that attracted my attention are these twin towers-they look impressive and delightful,especially against so lovely blue sky.Other thing I like is the POV you chose to capture the scene.Simple,central POV seems to be the best choice here to present us the whole uniqueness of the Cathedral.
I can only join Jason´s wishes and hope you´ll post some pictures from its interior.
Wish You all the best
marabu61 (6475) 2013-07-15 15:40
impressive church but a bit forbidding with all that grey concrete and the barrier in front of it, not very inviting. Without your note of the highly decorated interiors, I would never give it a second glance while passing by.
have a good evening
ourania (22722) 2013-07-16 7:16
a very attractive and interesting presentation of this cathedral. Its architecture must be unique, the depth and sharpness of your photo allow us to study it in a comfortable and rewarding way. I like how you placed the cathedral at the centre, created a symmetrical composition and then allowed the surrounding details break the symmetry and provide interest concerning daily life. I've just discovered a woman at the steps of the church, a rare human presence in your architectural photos. It seems that we're under the shadow of a passing cloud, your light management is superb. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
bona (11957) 2013-07-16 7:51
I love the simetry you got here, being the contrast the two trees one more dark and other more light green. I like old architecture and the churchs are the ones that most attract me. Did you took photo from inside?
mkamionka (28420) 2013-07-16 13:12
beautiful church, I have never seen it before. The towers remind me about that church in Dublin St Paul at Smithsfield but this one has two towers instead of one.
Lovely postcard like presentation, I really regret not seeing it,
Thanks for sharing,
omid266 (2069) 2013-12-04 20:11
Hi Noel ,
Very nice foto from Cathedral of Christ the King in Ireland .
I like Churches like as Mosques .
Thanks for sharing.
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