St Francis Xavier Cathedral, Adelaide

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St Francis Xavier's Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Adelaide, South Australia. It is classified as being a Gothic Revival building in the Early English style. The tower stands 36 m high and is 56.5 m lengthwise and 29.5 m horizontally. The foundation stone was laid in 1856, and construction of the tower began in 1887. However, it was not completed until 1996.HistoryIn 1838, two years after the proclamation of South Australia, an advertisement was put up to organise religious meetings for South Australian Catholics. The first Mass was celebrated in a house on East Terrace in 1840. In 1845, a Catholic primary school was set up and used as the religious centre for Catholics until the foundation stone for a cathedral was laid in 1851 for a design by Richard Lambeth. However, with a gold rush in Victoria, Lambeth left along with many of the population, leaving no plans and with the community in economic depression.The original foundation stone was put in place on 17 March 1856 by the vicar general, Father Michael Ryan, with the first part of the cathedral being dedicated on 11 July 1858. It was first extended when construction began at the southern end of the cathedral, including the sanctuary, side chapel, lady chapel and sacristy in January 1859. Construction of the first extension finished the following year in November 1860. With further growth in the population of Adelaide, another extension was required to seat more worshippers. In November 1886, Bishop Reynolds laid the foundation stone for an extension on the eastern side for a further 200 people, as well new vestries and confessionals. These were completed in August the following year. In 1904, electric lighting was introduced.
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  • Very well located, free city loop transport at the doorstep. Amazing architecture and revitalizing energy. Fantastic!!  more »
  • So often a RC Cathedral is very highly decorated and ornate, this is warmly simple in comparison. The columns and arches give it the gravity and solemnity due. the diocese patron Saint is Saint Patric...  more »
  • As Adelaide is the City of Churches, this one didn't disappoint either, beautiful architecture and I loved the garden and statue of Mary Mackillop. Another touch of romance with glimpsing the bride en...  more »
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  • When necessity brings me into town I often visit St Francis Xavier Cathedral. This time I brought my atheist husband to sit a while to gaze at the beautiful architecture. After my prayers, he remarked how "serene & peaceful" He is absolutely right a place of tranquility amongst the world woes, thank you
  • I love this church. I was looking for a church where we can go and light a candle. Beautiful architecture too.
  • Beautiful Old building, stained glass windows are spectacular; as are the marble floors; the architecture; check out the Christmas Crib! The priest who said the 9.00 am Mass was lovely, friendly, helpful and his sermon short, to the point, challenging, relevant. The parishioners friendly, music lovely. They are running in the 'new-ish' recently installed Canadian pipe organ. Come and hear, come & see!
  • Greetings. Standing please to make a start, thank you. Quite good exterior, although the candles were very strange. Flicky tricky switches on the candles. Quite dangerous. However, I really love the new organ from Canadia. Hmm yes, how nice. Great use of OT windows. 5 star rating, bye now......
  • Love this Church been here for years since I was confirmed in my early 20's. Seen many wonderful priests come and go. It's not open on public hols b/c who would pay for someone to secure it. But it is a good idea that the parish pastoral council could consider. I also like how some churches remain secure but atleast you can enter the front foyer and see the Blessed sacrament see Our Lord.

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