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St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne

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Religious Site
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. Add St Patrick's Cathedral and other attractions to your Melbourne trip itinerary using our Melbourne tourist route planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • Dropped in, surprised at its magnificence. Wow. Stained glass, tiles, statues, paintings, very large dimensions. A must see.  more »
  • This is such a fantastic Catherral and in the city, great that it was still being used for service which the public were encouraged to enter and enjoy if they wished while the service took place and c...  more »
  • Tall cathedral with impressive spires and an architecture that adds a “presence” to Melbourne’s CBD. Inside it is majestic with ornate stained-glass windows, a beautiful central alter, a “golden” orga...  more »
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  • Extremely clean and well kept. Felt like a European cathedral, a big surprise. Worth the visit.
  • very impressive old craftsmanship on display in ever inch of this Cathedral i only burst into flames 3 times and my eyes stopped gushing blood once i got back in the car this place is so bonzer
  • Great to walk around the grounds and the inside the building. Good place to find some peace from your day!
  • Impressive exterior but more amazing interior. Complete procession of Sunday mass that are usually cut short in suburban churches. The outside area is very serene, a good place for prayer or reading.
  • Fantastic place. Huge and well conservated. Smell cripy. However...