Designed in the Art Deco style like its contemporary Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, but carved from solid granite rather than soapstone, the Saul Memorial is the tallest statue of Saint Patrick in the world.
Construction began in 1932, the 1500th anniversary of St. Patrick’s landing at the nearby Slaney which brought Christianity to Ireland.
The figure is carved with the robes of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh, the Primate of all Ireland and was given the face of the Protestant Bishop of Dublin as a way of bringing all Christians together to celebrate Patrick’s legacy.
From the top of the Statue there are excellent views across the surrounding countryside and Strangford Lough.
Parking is provided at the entrance; there are no footpaths so sensible shoes are advisable.