St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne

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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. Use our Melbourne trip maker app to arrange your visit to St Paul's Cathedral and other attractions in Melbourne.
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  • Modern highrise all around the old church, make the massive building look small. It's well maintained and an oasis of peace in a busy city. 
    Modern highrise all around the old church, make the massive building look small. It's well maintained and an oasis of peace in a busy city.  more »
  • What an amazing church to visit!! Stain glasses windows are amazing, flooring is tiled and in fantastic condition. Well worth a visit even if not religious just to see the amazing architecture. 
    What an amazing church to visit!! Stain glasses windows are amazing, flooring is tiled and in fantastic condition. Well worth a visit even if not religious just to see the amazing architecture.  more »
  • Great building but never had the urge to go inside. They were advertising a 12 meter globe of the world as seen from the moon, great attraction, but looking around the Cathedral and reading some of... 
    Great building but never had the urge to go inside. They were advertising a 12 meter globe of the world as seen from the moon, great attraction, but looking around the Cathedral and reading some of...  more »
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  • Stunning!!! However people are rude, my partner and I were taking a moment and appreciating the beautiful artwork and structural design in the section at the back of the church that says “please be quiet and don’t take photos” when an Asian lady proceeded to sit on my girlfriend after backing into her and almost knocking her over to get a better angle for her photo. Being able to light a candle was a beautiful touch as well. Overall church is beautiful.
  • St Paul's Cathedral is an absolutely stunning display of historical Catholicism and architectural splendour. The wood, stone, marble and stained-glass all add to the story of this building with mosaic artistry displaying biblical scenes. The care taken to preserve this building is simply a labour of love, so a huge thank you to the staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure the building is at the standard it is at.
  • This is a wonderful place to worship. I enjoy the architecture and the peace it brings. The spinning globe on display for a limited time brought modern to the classic scene was an interesting fusion. As I wrote this review, I sense God is saying the earth is my foot stool, as I recall watching it spin.
  • What a great building with an awesome pipe organ. What I didn't know is that this building was and is still being used in an attempt to contact a particular sky wizard. Not any sky wizard will do but they try to communicate with a particular one. I don't have the heart to inform them of the reality of the situation as they have gone to such efforts already.
  • Come here often for worship. Everything I come all clergy and staff. Treat you like a real person. You feel wanted. Worth a 1000 stars

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