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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  • St. Patrick's Cathedral is a must to visit when you are in Melbourne. Maybe this cathedral is not as amazing as those cathedral in Europe. But it is simply beautiful inside and outside. Not a lot of t...  more »
  • Walk walk city tour stopped in during a Christmas day I haven't seen enough from this door dadneundago beautiful garden he did so pretty
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  • A short walk from Parliament Railway Station ( exit at Spring Street ) and walk towards 1 Cathedral Place. A Magnificent Architecture indeed. Look at each and every stone that found this Cathedral and...  more »
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  • Great architecture. Serene atmosphere both inside and outside the cathedral. Classic sound system that does not spoil the melody of the choir. Friendly priest.
  • Normal outside but marvelous view inside! The highest and largest cathedral in the south hemisphere. Just go inside and feel the sacredness. I’m an atheist but I still have a strong feeling of the calling from god in this cathedral.
  • More subdued and “serious” in atmosphere than St. Paul’s. The fountains and statues outside are worth a look.
  • I guess for Australia this is pretty impressive :-) I liked it from the outside better than from the inside. Here you can take photos for free from the innside.
  • Absolute amazing church. So beautiful and so well maintained. Historical building fans must go!!!

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