St. Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne

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Known internationally as a leading example of the Gothic Revival style of architecture, St. Patrick's Cathedral has the distinction of being both the tallest and the largest church building in Australia. The foundation stone was laid in 1858, but the cathedral wasn't finally completed until 1939. The 19th century Catholic community of Melbourne was almost entirely Irish, so the cathedral was dedicated to Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Attend Sunday mass for a chance to hear the renowned Saint Patrick's Choir, founded in 1939 when the Vienna Boys Choir found itself stranded in Australia at the outbreak of war. You can also drop by during the week to take photographs and learn about the city's heritage. Work out when and for how long to visit St. Patrick's Cathedral and other Melbourne attractions using our handy Melbourne travel planner.
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  • I visited the cathedral for the first time and was taken aback with its beauty. I took the time to walk around and there are a number of exhibits along the outer walls. I highly recommend it when visi...  more »
  • If your thing is to visit churches, then St Pat's will not disappoint. Its beautiful, spacious, and an island of quite calm.  more »
  • My favorite look is not a Christian himself, looked from the hotel was visited. Fascinated by painting all kinds of stained glass. We would visit, weather permitting.
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  • Thoroughly enjoyed walking around and through this lovely cathedral. Apart from the history of its development including the key people involved its fascinating to see / understand the architectural and engineering aspects. Defintely worth a visit followed by a walk through Fitzroy Gardens.
  • Beautiful Catholic church with a dark stone exterior and a very ornate interior. Worth a walk over to take a look. As long as there isn't a service you can wander over and see the chapels and the impressive stained glass. It's free to look around! I wasn't originally going to go, but am happy that I did!
  • The cathedral and gardens are amazing and beautiful however the Asian tourists really do need to be educated about the etiquette of visiting a church. Today I saw a woman pull her son’s pants down and allowed him to urinate in the garden right near one of the saints, just outside the church. Nearly hitting people with his urine. Sorry, but that’s not on!
  • The divine mother cathedral of the Archdiocese of Melbourne. Beautiful Gothic architecture, well-kept grounds, and friendly and helpful staff explains why so many tour buses and ordinary Melbournians visit so frequently.
  • Great architecture. Serene atmosphere both inside and outside the cathedral. Classic sound system that does not spoil the melody of the choir. Friendly priest.
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