The City of Armagh ..... is the capital of the county of Armagh, in the province of Ulster...
The City of Armagh... is the capital of the county of Armagh, in the province of Ulster, and the ecclesiastical metropolis of Ireland ... The surrounding country is highly cultivated, agreeably diversified with hill and dale and rich with rural scenery, pleasing, picturesque and varied.
These words in Stuart's work "Historical Memoirs of the City of Armagh" capture the charm and nature of this ancient and progressive city and district. For almost 4,000 years, Armagh has held a pre-eminent position. Famed in legend and folklore as the seat of kings, Armagh was the chosen by Saint Patrick as the centre of Christianity in his era. For almost 1,000 years, Armagh was the city of saints and scholars, with some of the finest scholars in Britain and Ireland producing works such as the Book of Armagh.
Today there are two cathedrals, both named after the Saint. Saint Patrick's Church of Ireland Cathedral stands today on an important Christian site, where Patrick built his original church. Saint Patrick's Roman Catholic Cathedral is close by, on the opposite hill.
The architecture which this generation has inherited has conferred upon the city a unique character. Armagh has many graceful buildings. The city was the birthplace of the distinguished 18th century architect Francis Johnston who ensured Georgian Dublin's fame. Encouraged by Archbishop Robinson and other wealthy patrons, Johnston endowed Armagh with its Georgian Mall, a classical Courthouse, Archbishop's Palace and Chapel, its Observatory and Royal School.
Armagh is the centre of a district so fertile that it is called the Orchard of Ireland. In May and June, signposts guide motorists through the orchards. Fishing in the lakes and rivers provide tremendous sport in areas of scenic beauty. Armagh is a district of diversity. Armagh, city and district, combines the ancient settlements with the more recent to create a diverse network of communities.
Enjoy the scenery in the county, from the peaty shores of Lough Neagh to the orchard regions around Portadown and Loughgall. Navan Fort is open, and tells the story of Eamhain Macha, where the ancient people of Ulster ruled for six centuries before the fort was burned down by the rival clans from Tara.
The Land of Lilliput at Saint Patrick's Trian Visitor Complex depicts the adventures of Gulliver. The largest telescope in Ireland can be seen at Armagh Planetarium & Observatory.
For further information visit www.visitarmagh.com