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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. Add St Patrick's Cathedral and other attractions to your Melbourne trip itinerary using our Melbourne tourist route planner.
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  • One of the most impressive places we went. It's immense cathedral ceilings, the side alters all make this just awe inspiring place to have a beautiful visit with God. I lit a candle and gave one to my...  more »
  • I visited the church on Ash Wednesday and it was lovely. Relatively modern Cathedral and very similar to the one in Sydney (same architect). Can walk through and see it all in about 30 minutes.  more »
  • Beautiful cathedral built with such beautiful stain glass windows and different chapels. Filled with history and guides to each significant place.  more »
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  • Incredible cathedral. Worth checking out especially with the free entry. Consider combining it with a trip to Fitzroy Park.
  • Another beautiful Wardell church, the triple spires dominate the skyline. Unfortunately the main sanctuary has had its fair share of wreckovation.
  • Amazing cathedral. Just beautiful inside and outside. Walk around the church.
  • A very beautiful cathedral, one of the best i have seen in Melbourne.
  • Beautiful architecture and the rose gardens are sublime. Busy office workers can be seen having lunch in the gardens enjoying the summer sun. Truly a peaceful spot in the City