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.
In 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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  • Definitely the most beautiful church in Adelaide, in a great location. The décor inside is very good and with very good stained stained stained stained stained stained stained stained stained with.
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  • We went to Sunday mass at the cathedral. It is a beautiful church which is worth seeing even if you are not Catholic. The circuit bus (free on Sunday) is right in front of the church property which ma...  more »
  • I attended Mass there whilst in Adelaide and happened to be at the African Mass on Sunday So wonderful and Great Music and African Rhythms Lovely Cathedral and welcoming Parishioners..  more »
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  • Love the 11:00 o'clock high mass every Sunday❤ love the choir too.
  • Beautiful architecture in this cathedral. ⛪ The choir at 11am mass is very melodious. 🎼🎶
  • A wonderful place and worth the visit. Glory be to God.
  • Elegant large parish church style. A quiet haven from the bustle of the city.
  • Don't visit this place until the current ArchBishop is removed support more worthy organisations search him on Google to know why!
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