St. Michan's Church

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St. Michan's Church, Dublin

St Michan's Church and graveyard

53°20′51″N 6°16′32″W / 53.347455°N 6.275547°W / 53.347455; -6.275547Coordinates: 53°20′51″N 6°16′32″W / 53.347455°N 6.275547°W / 53.347455; -6.275547
LocationDublin
CountryIreland
DenominationChurch of Ireland
WebsiteParish website - St. Michan's
History
Founded1095 - Original chapel
1686 - Current structure
1825 - Renovated
DedicationSt. Michan (5th century)[1]
Architecture
Architect(s)William Robinson (1686)[2]
Administration
ParishChrist Church
DioceseDiocese of Dublin and Glendalough
ProvinceProvince of Dublin
 
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St. Michan's Church, Dublin

St Michan's Church and graveyard

53°20′51″N 6°16′32″W / 53.347455°N 6.275547°W / 53.347455; -6.275547Coordinates: 53°20′51″N 6°16′32″W / 53.347455°N 6.275547°W / 53.347455; -6.275547
LocationDublin
CountryIreland
DenominationChurch of Ireland
WebsiteParish website - St. Michan's
History
Founded1095 - Original chapel
1686 - Current structure
1825 - Renovated
DedicationSt. Michan (5th century)[1]
Architecture
Architect(s)William Robinson (1686)[2]
Administration
ParishChrist Church
DioceseDiocese of Dublin and Glendalough
ProvinceProvince of Dublin

St. Michan's Church, located in Church Street, Dublin, Ireland, is a Church of Ireland church.

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Building

Built on the site of an early Danish chapel (1095), the current structure dates largely from a reconstruction in 1686, but is still (possibly) the only parish church on the north side of the Liffey surviving from a Viking foundation.

While the exterior of the church may be unimpressive, the interior boasts some fine woodwork, and an organ (dated 1724) on which Handel is said to have composed his Messiah.[3]

Vaults

The vaults of St. Michan's uniquely contain many mummified remains.[2] The walls in the vaults contain limestone, which has kept the air dry, creating ideal conditions for preservation.[4] Among the preserved remains are a 400-year-old nun, a six-and-a-half foot man popularly believed to have been a crusader, a body with its feet and right hand severed, and the Sheares brothers—Henry and John—who took part in the 1798 rebellion. The various holders of the title Earl of Leitrim were also interred here.[5]

The church and vaults are open to tours on Saturdays, and seasonally on some weekdays. As an active place of worship however, the church is closed on Sunday to visitors.[3]

Notable parishioners

Sir Mark Rainsford Lord Mayor of Dublin (1700-01) and owner of the brewery which was later sold to Arthur Guinness, was married to Isabella Bolton on the 16 May 1695 in St Michan's.

Dr Charles Lucas (1713-1771) was a physician and Member of Parliament for Dublin city.[5] He was buried at St Michan's in 1771.

Roger Ludlowe (1590-1666) was one of the founders of the Connecticut colony.

Map of Dublin in 1610 (reprint from 1896) showing St. Michan's Church (Top left #1)

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