St Francis Xavier Cathedral, Adelaide

4.3
#6 of 14 in Historic Sites in Adelaide
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.
Use our Adelaide road trip planning site to visit St Francis Xavier Cathedral on your trip to Adelaide, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
Source
Create an itinerary including St Francis Xavier Cathedral
map
St Francis Xavier Cathedral Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
70 reviews
Google
4.5
TripAdvisor
  • Very beautiful church but your image will be completely ruined as a result by the State-of-the-art building what they have built right behind.
    View original
  • You can't go to the City of Churches without visiting one of the many old churches. This one is particularly good as the architecture is wonderful inside and out.  more »
  • No problem walking around or going to mass - not too impressive as a cathedral for a Brit.. as probably to modern ( 1860's) and built on a budget.  more »
Google
  • Prayerful atmosphere.... Recommend for meditation... It is in heart of the city ..
  • This is very serene place where I say my prayers I feel so calm here.
  • Beautiful cathedral with mass said by Fr Charles today who is a very good priest.
  • 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
  • My favourite church in Adelaide. Love everything here.
Places to stay near St Francis Xavier Cathedral

Plan your trip to Adelaide

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to St Francis Xavier Cathedral by other users

8 days in Adelaide BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 60 days in Kangaroo Island & Adelaide BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, relaxing, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 15 days in Adelaide BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 49 days in Adelaide BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM November, culture, historic sites, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 5 days in Adelaide & Coober Pedy BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, relaxing, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, relaxing, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in Australia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 7 days in Melbourne & Adelaide BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA February, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 12 days in Adelaide & Melbourne BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Nullarbor & Adelaide BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA February, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 30 days in Adelaide BY A USER FROM BELGIUM August, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in South Australia BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND December, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 31 days in Greater Adelaide BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans