St John the Baptist Cathedral, Sligo

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St John the Baptist Cathedral, Sligo
Coordinates: 54°16′13″N 08°28′38″W / 54.27028°N 8.47722°W / 54.27028; -8.47722
Location Sligo
Country Ireland
Denomination Church of Ireland
Website http://www.sligocathedral.elphin.anglican.org/
History
Consecrated 18th century (25 October 1961 as a cathedral)
Architecture
Groundbreaking c.1730
Administration
Diocese Diocese of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh
Province Province of Armagh
Clergy
Bishop(s) The Right Reverend Ferran Glenfield
Dean The Very Reverend Arfon Williams
Archdeacon The Venerable Ian Linton

St John the Baptist Cathedral, Sligo or more properly the Cathedral of St. Mary the Virgin and St. John the Baptist, Sligo but also known as Sligo Cathedral is one of two cathedral churches in the diocese of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh (the other is St Fethlimidh's Cathedral, Kilmore) in the Church of Ireland. It is situated in the town of Sligo, Ireland in the ecclesiastical province of Armagh.

The church was built as St John's Church in the mid-1700s to the design of architect Richard Cassels, who adopted a basilica pattern from Roman architecture. The external appearance has been substantially altered by the replacement of the original round arched Romanesque windows, the addition of battlements and small towers and an extension of the chancel.

When the existing cathedral church of the diocese of Elphin, located in the village of Elphin, was abandoned in 1961 following severe storm damage four years previously, the Seat was transferred to St. John’s Church, Sligo, which became the Cathedral of St. Mary the Virgin and St. John the Baptist on 25 Oct 1961.

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