St. Patrick's was beautiful. The Cathedral was founded in 1191 and is the largest church in Ireland. By the 1800s, the Cathedral was is serious disrepair. Portions of the Cathedral were in ruins. In the 1860s, about the time of the American Civil War, Sir Benjamin Guinness, head of the famous brewery, agreed to undertake at his own expense the restoration of St. Patricks's Cathedral. Guinness, whose father had died in 1855 was the richest person in Ireland having inherited the Guinness Brewery from his father, spent £150,000 to restore the Cathedral.