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St Nicholas Church, Carrickfergus

St Nicholas’ Church in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, is a historic and culturally significant site that has been standing since 1182. Established by the Anglo-Norman knight John de Courcy, who also built Carrickfergus Castle, the church has a rich and fascinating history that draws visitors from all over the world.

One of the most striking features of St Nicholas’ Church is the crooked aisle, which was deliberately designed to represent the head of Christ on the cross falling to the right. This feature is just one example of the many ways in which symbolism and history are interwoven in the church’s fabric.

Stained glass windows are another major draw for visitors to St Nicholas’ Church. The 16th-century Flemish hand-painted “John the Baptist” window is particularly impressive, with its unique style and colouring capturing the attention of all who see it.

The Donegall/Chichester aisle is home to what is widely regarded as the finest Jacobean Memorial Monument in all of Ireland. This magnificent piece was made on-site by Italian craftsmen in 1625 and depicts Sir Arthur Chichester, his wife Lady Lettice Perrot, the casket of their baby son, and a small statue of Sir John Chichester.

In addition to these historic and artistic features, St Nicholas’ Church also has a bell tower that was erected by parishioners in memory of the men of Carrickfergus who gave their lives in the First World War. There is also a small window in the chancel that is known as the ‘leper window,’ which was once used to allow those afflicted with leprosy to hear the church service while remaining outside.

Despite its age and historical significance, St Nicholas’ Church is still very much a living church, with the gospel message being proclaimed as it has been for centuries.

The church office can provide information on opening hours and guided tours for those interested in visiting.

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  • April 19, 2024 4:55 am local time

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