This incredible building is Monkstown Parish Church. It was built in 1789 but was remodelled in 1825 by the famous architect John Semple. It’s style is described as ‘castellated Gothic with Moorish influences’ and has similarities to some of Gaudi’s buildings in Barcelona (except this was built 50 years earlier!) Initially it’s styling was described as ‘incorrect’ by the conservative church worshipers but over time it has become to be described as ‘bold, modern and original’ as is regarded as John Semple’s masterpiece. The interior of the church is equally as impressive as the exterior especially the enormous vaults for holding up the ceiling and 3 beautiful balconys. Semple’s other works include Blackchurch (at the top of O’Connoll St), The Holy Trinity (in Rathmines), St Maelruins (Tallaght), Whitechurch (back of Marlay Park), Kilternan Church of Ireland and even the inside of The Round Room in the Mansion House. His father (also called John) was also an architect who worked on Gandon’s Custom House.

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