You might think that for two Jewish girls, we'd feel like "seen one church, seen 'em all," but churches in Europe are massive feats of art and architecture, and we tend to visit them in most European cities, especially if they're free. I'm not gonna lie to you, all the bleeding Jesuses do start to creep me out after a while, but I appreciate the massive vaunted ceilings and the ornate stained glass, so most churches are worth a lap or two as far as I'm concerned.
The two must-see churches in Dublin are Christ Church and St. Patrick's. Jen and I didn't see St. Patrick's, but we started our trip with Christ Church Cathedral since it was close by the hotel. It's a beautiful piece of medieval architecture both on the exterior and the interior, but two things will forever set it apart for me among all the churches I've seen.
First, there's a quaint little courtyard, and in that courtyard was a girl selling ice cream, tea, and assorted baked goods. So obviously, I had to get some. The girl explained to me that they had four types of ice cream and four types of sauces to put on top, and I could have whatever kind of combo I wanted! Bailey's flavored ice cream happened, and before even entering Christ Church I was pretty pleased with the whole experience. Ice cream always makes me feel better about life.
Oddly enough, Christ Church has a TripAdvisor rating, which they displayed at the entrance. Even odder still, they only had four and a half stars. I don't know how Jesus feels about that, but I feel like four ice cream flavors paired with four topping choices for your church-going experience easily garners five stars. EASILY.
The second gem that sets Christ Church apart is the crypt. It's not just any crypt; it houses costumes from Showtime's "The Tudors," which apparently filmed scenes there, and a large poster featuring Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Yum.
AND! Deep in the crypt, in case the presence of dead people gives you an appetite, you can buy more ice cream and more baked goods! Postcards too! Double yum!