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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  • St Paul's Cathedral is a beautiful church, its always open when I visit the city and I always pop in for a prayer and to light a candle, a beautiful place for peace and reflection no matter what you b...  more »
  • Took my grandchildren to see inside a church. Was a great experience for them and opened up lots of talk from the visit.  more »
  • I think easy go to Federation station there. Got inside the taxi for tourists, horse-drawn carriage.
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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.
  • strategic location, easy to access by free tram. Even though outside cathedral is noisy and crowded, but once you enter, it completely different world. feel so peaceful inside building.
  • Beautifully calm environment in the heart of Melbourne. An opportunity to pause, be at one with the space and reflect on life and the beautiful place that is Melbourne.
  • Beautiful Cathedral. So much history involved and small small stories found on each plaque. Entrance is free but you have to pay $5 to take pictures from a camera phone. That's okay though cos it was worth it.
  • Its a beautiful piece of history of this awesome city. Its a well maintained and beautiful building right opposite the steps of the Federation square.Easily assessible since its just across the street from the flinders street station.The cathedral is an Anglican church.

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