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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  • The Cathedral is named in honor of Francis Xavier, who was a companion of Ignatius Loyola and founding member of the infamous Jesuit order. The Catholic Church owes Francis Xavier a huge number of new...  more »
  • It is the oldest cathedral in Australia. As it stands in the centre of Adelaide, we could see it clearly from Victoria Square.  more »
  • The Cathedral went for walks after dinner taken in Adelaide. Shines in the dark, but I had to see the altar was ready for mass on the inside, so the Church is very beautiful, also while Tun-Huang and and or in following sights when you want to go again. Street parking is becoming the next to pay parking.
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  • 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.
  • Very peaceful atmosphere and friendly.
  • Nice old church with beautiful lights

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