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St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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A major landmark, St Paul's Cathedral is located near the new public heart of the city, the Federation Square. Built in the revival of the style known as Gothic Transitional, the cathedral was designed by the distinguished architect William Butterfield, who was known for his work on churches. The foundation stone was laid in 1880 on the spot where the first public Christian service was held several decades before. Unusual among the city's notable 19th century buildings, this cathedral was not made from bluestone, the dominant building material in the region. Instead, it was constructed from sandstone, which gives it an unusual yellow-brown coloring. Stop by this historic place of worship to attend one of many daily masses and hear its well-known choir. Before you head to Melbourne, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Melbourne trip builder, to make sure you see all that Melbourne has to offer, including St Paul's Cathedral.
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  • Gothic exterior may be freely (literally) photographed. Unfortunately, visitors must pay a $5 fee to take photographs inside. Visit also felt like I was intruding on worshippers and service taken plac...  read more »
  • Always visit here, the stain glass windows are so beautiful, you forget you are in the city when you sit down and just look around you in thought for a few minutes. 
  • When I visited, just started mass on Sunday and to attend for a while. In the majestic church organ melody, Sung performance progresses the story of priests. Last shook hands with people in their seats, left and right back and forth, end up praying for world peace.
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  • The church is a stunning celebration of Victorian Gothic architecture. However, when we visited, last Friday, around noon, we were met by a very loud, aggressive and pushy, female volunteer 'guide.' She, unsmiling, tersely bellowed 'WELCOME,' at us when we entered, and then, inferred we weren't 'Christians,' because I hadn't removed my cap! As a church-goer for 70 years and as a museum guide myself, I took umbrage at this Gorgon-like woman's belittling and dismissive manner. It has been a practice of ours for years to visit this church, whenever we are in Melbourne. This time we left feeling very hurt and humiliated. However, we were warmly received up the road at Saint Michael's Church. Lovely friendly 'staff,' and calm, nurturing ambience. It also contains, a stunning collection of beautiful stained glass windows. Go visit; You will get a warm welcome there.
  • Large cathedral in centre Melbourne, excellent gothic architecture and stained glass windows. Opposite Flinders St station. Worth a visit.
  • A sanctuary in the middle of city. St Paul is a most-see if you visit Melbourne. The cathedral is beautiful inside and out. Its a great place to reflect and pray. Very friendly staff too.
  • Beautiful cathedral in the heart of the city. It's just a shame that they insist on putting up political messages on banners all over the front.
  • Went with my cousins on the 10th of May. It is just a typical church, The decorative glass windows are gorgeous.
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