This Church of Ireland cathedral, designed by John Roberts, the architect of Georgian Waterford, is a strong example of the elegance of the period, taking on board principles of Neo-Classicism and symmetry, alongside fresh and decorative rococo styling. John Roberts also designed Waterford’s Roman Catholic Cathedral.
Located in the heart of Waterford City, Christ Church stands at the site of an 11th-century Viking church, where English knight Strongbow and Irish Princess Aoife, daughter of Diarmait Mac Murchada, King of Leinster, married in 1770. This is, therefore one of the most important historic sites in Ireland.
Later, in the 13th century, the Normans took over Waterford and built a Gothic cathedral, which remained until the community decided to construct Christ Church in 1773. The Cathedral, because of its historic location contains many interesting and valuable features. Its highlights include the stucco plaster ceiling, an elaborate stained glass window and a pillar that remains from the medieval cathedral.
The Cathedral is open to the public all year round. Special events and concerts take place there throughout the year.