Christ Church Cathedral, founded in 1028, contains the largest Cathedral crypt in Britain or Ireland, constructed in 1172-1173. Having been renovated in the early 2000s, it is now open for visitors.
The Camino Society’s photographer, Nelson, spent some time in the crypt and took some excellent photographs of the various monuments and historical features that it holds.
The Cathedral’s crypt houses priceless silver, the famous ‘cat and the rat’, and Ireland’s first copy of the Magna Carta.
A mummified cat & rat are the most unusual inhabitants of the crypt, but also the most popular. Mentioned by James Joyce in Finnegans Wake, they are known locally as ‘Tom & Jerry’.
The crypt also exhibits the original 16th-century costumes from the series ‘The Tudors’. The gowns feature decorative beading, embroidery, crochet and hand painting. They are well worth a visit.
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