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St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne

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#3 of 18 in Historic Sites in Melbourne
Religious Site Historic 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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  • I went during lunch and the place is so peaceful and serene. It is lovely to just go and sit on the aisle and absorb the atmosphere. The peacefulness is a great contrast to the hustle and bustle outsi...  more »
  • This Church has the WOW Factor for sure. I cannot believe how absolutely beautiful it is inside, I never wanted to leave, as I was in Awe of all the Architecture.  more »
  • This beautiful cathedral is within walking distance from cbd of Melbourne and just a little out of the free tram zone. We were very lucky to witness the inside of the cathedral being lit up with warm ...  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...

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