This weekend, we decided that we wanted to go to some of the famous Dublin churches. Our first stop was St. Michan's. It's a beautiful old church, but our biggest motivation for visiting that particular church was the crypt containing real mummies! We took a tour of the crypt. It is still used today and people can still be buried there with their families. Years ago, wealthy families would pay three year's wages to be buried in that particular place. Our last stop on the tour was seeing the mummies that had been uncovered in the tombs. The bodies were naturally preserved because the air is so dry and the temperature is constant. The identities of two of the people were known and it was very interesting to hear their stories. One of them was a crusader who died 800 years ago and we were able to touch him! It was wild and kind of creepy.
We also visited Christ's Church and St. Patrick's Cathedral. They were both so beautiful. I'm so glad that we have taken advantage of our time here to see some of the cornerstones of Dublin history. Religion was and is one of the most important factors to the Irish people and these churches tell that story.