St John the Baptist Cathedral, Sligo
|St John the Baptist Cathedral, Sligo|
|The Cathedral Church of St Mary the Virgin and St John the Baptist, Sligo|
|Denomination||Church of Ireland|
|Consecrated||18th century (25 October 1961 as a cathedral)|
|Diocese||Diocese of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh|
|Province||Province of Armagh|
|Bishop(s)||The Right Reverend Ferran Glenfield|
|Dean||The Very Reverend Arfon Williams|
|Archdeacon||The Venerable Ian Linton|
This article refers to the Church of Ireland cathedral. For the Roman Catholic cathedral, see Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sligo
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-18th century 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.
- "History of St John's". Retrieved 2012-09-19.