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Down Cathedral

Traditional gravesite of Saint Patrick

Down Cathedral
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Downpatrick, County Down BT30 6AP
Northern Ireland
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On This Very Spot is marked the supposed grave of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, who died two miles away in the village of Saul in 461.

On This Very Spot, according to legend, a team of oxen pulling a cart with Saint Patrick's body came to rest, signifying that God had chosen this very spot for Saint Patrick's gravesite.

On This Very Spot a church was built next to the gravesite. Through the centuries this church has been rebuilt several times following fires, war, and complete destruction during the suppression of the monasteries in 1541.

On This Very Spot in 1818 the present Down Cathedral was consecrated. Its tower was completed in 1829.

On This Very Spot in 1900 the present Memorial Stone was put in place over the traditional gravesite of Saint Patrick next to the church.

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Condition: The cathedral and the gravesite have remained relatively unchanged since the dates listed above.

Public Access: This spot is open to the public. Down Cathedral is an operating church. For hours of operation and a virtual tour, visit the official website at

Parking: Free parking is available at the site.

Location: County Down in Northern Ireland, directly south of Belfast.

Nearest Major Airport: Belfast

Directions: For travel information, visit the website of the Saint Patrick Centre in Downpatrick at

Latitude: 54.328630; Longitude: -5.716570

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