Cathedral of Christ the King Museum

Bishop's Gate Street, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

t: +353 44 9348338

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About Cathedral of Christ the King Museum

Cathedral of Christ the King Museum is located at Bishop's Gate Street in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.

The Cathedral of Christ the King was opened in 1936. It is Basilican in form with twin towers and a dome. The style is modernised Renaissance.

The museum is situated within the Cathedral building, above the Sacristy, the entrance being at the right side of the building. It contains many artefacts of historical interest and models of church buildings in the Mullingar area from the seventeenth century to the present. Art exhibits of various kinds, including two large canvases of Saints Loman and Colman, two saints of local origin are on display.

Limited opening hours during the months of May - October.

The Cathedral was built as a replacement to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (1836-1936). It was designed by William Byrne & Sons of Dublin and can seat 5,000 people. There are two mosaics of note in the chapels of Saint Anne and Saint Patrick. These are the work of the Russian born mosaic artist Boris Anrep, whose work may also be found in Westminster Cathedral.

The Saint Patrick mosaic represents the saint lighting the Paschal fire on the Hill of Slane.

In the Saint Anne mosaic, the name is spelled "Anna". The saint's image is also said to resemble the poet Anna Akhmatova with whom the artist had an affair with during World War I. He left Russia before the Bolsheviks seized power, and although he didnít contact her for 48 years, she has appeared in several of his mosaics. This one in Mullingar is the only to include her name.




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