St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin
As a new resident of Dublin, I have taken it upon myself to be participating in what I like to call "Tourist Tuesdays." When in living in a bigger city, or one with a lot of things to see and do, sometimes we forget to actually go see the sights since you live there. It's so easy to get caught up with work or school, that you forget to explore the city you're in!
So, as tradition with the other cities I've lived in, I try to see one "touristy" attraction or museum, etc every Tuesday! This works out since many museums have deals or discounts on Tuesdays, and it's not during the weekend when many "real tourists" come out.
This past Tuesday I popped over to St. Patrick's Cathedral. Located near city center Dublin, this protestant cathedral has been through a lot in the past 800 years, and has the history and scars to show it. I decided to go in the afternoon, and timed it just right to hit a free tour. It costs 5 euro for students and 6 euros for adults, but the "free tour" is included. I would definietly recommend a tour, they are very knowledgable and I think essential to a worthwhile tour. Additionally, you can attend service there, usually after the church is open for tourists.
I enjoy looking at old things and churches, and boy this church did not disappoint. From ancient Celtic stones to flags from battalions in world war two, this church is a treasure trove of history, and worth a visit even for the non-religious. Also, it's absolutely beautiful inside: