Christchurch Cathedral is located in the heart of what was once medieval Dublin, originally the center of Danish controlled Ireland.
The cathedral precincts as they exist today were established by the Danes, but they were built over the top of a native Irish monastery that the Danes raided one too many times before taking over the area completely. The cathedral was begun around 1028 at the behest of Sitric Silkbeard, the King of Dublin, and has been rebuilt over the centuries. After the Norman conquest of Ireland, King Henry II celebrated Christmas here in 1171.
The leader of that first Norman expedition to Ireland in 1169, Richard de Clare, known otherwise as Strongbow, is buried in the church’s nave. The crypt below the cathedral dates to the 12th century and contains many relics from the medieval period.
In my books, the cathedral plays an important role in The Viking Prince and The Irish Bride, two books in The Gareth & Gwen Medieval Mysteries.