St. Patrick's Grave

Downpatrick, United Kingdom

Outside Down Cathedral on the highest part of Cathedral Hill lies the grave of Saint Patrick, the apostle of Ireland. By the early medieval period Patrick’s grave had become an important site for the developing church and an important monastery had grown around it. At this time the tradition of the hill being the burial place of saints Brigid and Columcille had been added to the legend of Patrick, giving rise to the well-known couplet: In Down, three saints one grave do fill,Patrick, Brigid and Columcille.

A massive granite stone marker was placed on Cathedral Hill in the early 1900’s to protect the grave from the many pilgrims who visited, some of whom were known to take scoops of earth from the grave abroad with them when they emigrated.

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Founded: 5th century AD
Category: Cemeteries, mausoleums and burial places in United Kingdom

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www.saintpatrickcentre.com

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User Reviews

Nobby DeBlue (3 years ago)
Historical and knowledgeable History and a fine Cathedral ? ?.
Carla Carstensen (3 years ago)
Definitely worth a stop. Beautiful cathedral, wonderful history, outstanding view.
Mihai Cozmin (3 years ago)
Beautiful place and a lot of history behind it!
Joyce Platts (3 years ago)
At this present moment I am watching the service on Sunday, 3rd January, 2021.from this lovely Cathedral. So nice to see a normal service especially the Hymns. I would normally be at our beautiful Church The Crooked Spire in Chesterfield Derbyshire. Very Best Wishes to All.
Matt “Matt Woods” Woods (4 years ago)
A beautiful building with fine architecture on the inside. Amazing views towards the Mournes and the surrounding countryside.
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