St. Mary's Cathedral

Taphophile ~ a person who has a passion for and enjoys cemeteries, epitaphs, photography, history, and art of deaths; also known as a tombstone tourist, graver, grave hunter, or cemetery enthusiast 

That definition would describe me.  A person who, no matter where she travels, always searches out the best graveyards she can find.  In Limerick I found St. Mary's Cathedral.  Founded in 1168, it is the oldest building in Limerick still in daily use.  


While the church is stunning in its history and architecture, I was most interested in the cemetery.  



The Celtic Cross is a plentiful symbol.  


Some are simple in their decoration.....


and others are quite elaborate.  



All were beautiful.  




Comments

  1. The Celtic crosses are beautiful. I have one in my home that my husband bought for me. I would like to visit the cathedral with its rich history.

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  2. So glad there is someone else like me. I love the old gravestones and statues.

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  3. In some European countries you lease your plat for 20 years.If you don't renew this it can be reused. This happened in Austria to Mozart who died a pauper. He later received a benefactor and was exhumed and place back in a nicer cemetery.

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  4. That is a wonderful historic place and I loved the Celtic crosses. I'm glad you got to go. I wish I had gone when I was young enough to walk and walk. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  5. You could call my wife a taphophile and museophile... Don't matter where we go we have to check out the museums and graveyards.
    You got some great pictures of the Celtic Crosses!

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  6. I must have some of that Taphophile in me too . . .
    And the cemeteries in Ireland are like no other . . .
    The Celtic crosses in the Limerick cemetery are a collection of every Celtic design, shape, height possible it seems . . . We made wax rubbings of some of the designs on our first trip to Ireland. Not from this cemetery, although I too have visited here. (Have wax crayons and parchment paper handy when you travel. Wonderful way to capture art treasure like this.). I am happy you were able to spend time here and to have seen St. Mary’s Cathedral. Impossible to imagine how they moved stone to build such structures.

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  7. Hello, it is a beautiful cathedral. I like the Celtic crosses. Enjoy your day and new week!

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  8. Oh I like walking in cemeteries too.

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  9. The church and cemetery are a beautiful sight!

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  10. I THOUGHT that looked like Ireland!!! I LOVE those high crosses! I told my husband that that's what I want for our grave stone... but that would look pretty odd next to all the lower ones, huh?...

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