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The Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas, more commonly known as Galway Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral and is one of the largest and most impressive buildings in the city.
The cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of the Diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora.
The building was mooted for many years before construction began in 1958 on the site of the old city Jail, in a stunning setting overlooking the Corrib River.
In 1965, after much cost over runs, it was finally dedicated by Cardinal Richard Cushing to Our Lady Assumed into Heaven (Mary, mother of Jesus) and St Nicholas.
The architecture of the Cathedral draws on many influences.
The dome and pillars reflect a Renaissance.
Other features, including the rose windows and mosaics, echo the broad tradition of Christian art.
The design and cost caused controversy at the time as professional architectural opinion was divided on the many themes incorporated into the building and public opinion was hostile as to the cost, at a time when the city and country were going through very difficult economic times.
The Cathedral dome, at a height of 44.2 metres (145 ft), is a prominent landmark on the city skyline.