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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. 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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  • Lovely church, but if you have to pick just one to visit in the city, go with St. Patrick's Cathedral. It's bigger and has more interesting architecture.  more »
  • We often fail to visit the treasures in our own capital city. Irrespective of your fail, a visit to St Paul's is well worth taking the time. I attended for a half hour organ recital at 1pm then follow...  more »
  • It is located in diagonal railway station, and opposite Federation Square in one of the busiest corners of the city. The style is Neo Gothic. It has beautiful stained glass windows and a great organ. It is worth visiting it.
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  • So we went on a Sunday and no volunteers. And no rush. Very quit even though there were a few people there and everything is on donation so like u have to get a photo permit to take photos and it's all on donation and to light candles again you can donate what you would like. I will say when we went around 330ish we did not have to donate to take photos as the gift shop was closed.
  • The architecture is downright amazing. Maybe even more amazing is the skill which was needed to build such a place filled with such beauty, and to do so in a time before the help of modern equipment and tools.
  • 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.
  • needs a bigger gift shop. my son was looking for a 20cm bobble head God for his car. if anyone has one we are willing to trade 1 soul for it. the soul is our neighbor Terrance Waters who is very mean spirited and won't let us take lemons from his tree.
  • 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.