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 held 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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  • I love these places of worship and peace amidst the chaos and the city traffic. This Cathedral is in fact overlooking Victoria Square, to see.
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  • In the heart of Adelaide City just off Victoria Square this Catholic cathedral is quite traditional in its presentation. The stained glass windows are of interest and the statue of St Patrick reminds ...  read more »
  • Being a catholic I occasionally visit this beautiful cathedral to talk to God and ask for help in some difficult situation or just say thanks for some help i have received. It is a place of peace and ...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Love the atmosphere and the building
  • Closed boxing day. Closed new years day. I thought churches, especially the main churches don't close on important days.... very disappointed.
  • Beautifully designed church. Nice architecture.
  • Beautiful church and surrounding garden with rich history. Wonderful place to attend a wedding
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