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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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The hub of tourist and commercial activity, the center of Melbourne remains the best place to stay if you're looking to splurge and enjoy every possible modern amenity during your visit. Travelers on a limited budget can search for cozy yet less expensive rooms in the seaside suburb of St Kilda or the bohemian neighborhood of Fitzroy. Though the city center offers more than a fair share of mid-range lodging options, you'll also find plenty of rooms in this price bracket in the quieter suburbs.
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  • This beautiful cathedral is located in downtown Melbourne, and it is stunning inside and out. Yes, they ask you to pay $5 AUS for a pass to take photos inside (my husband could also take pictures on m...  more »
  • im not religious but this is a true gem just to go inside and admire this church for the massive architecture, i was amazed at the heritage and decor and even a choir was singing at the time. free ent...  more »
  • Beautiful building for anyone to see. I even got a pic from the skydeck. Well I'm hoping thats the one I saw from way up there.  more »
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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.
  • You can't miss this massive cathedral at the junction of Flinders and Swanston Street. It wears a proud banner encouraging Melburnians to welcome refugees. The sandstone building is the home church for Anglicans in Melbourne and Victoria. Its tower is the second highest Anglican spire in the world. Take a walk into the Cathedral and enjoy a free self-guided tour of its neo-Gothic transitional style interiors and design marvels. While it is featured as an iconic Melbourne landmark due to its age dating back to 1880, it means a lot more to the local community. It collects donations for the homeless and even conducts free weekly conversational English classes to help new migrants and residents.
  • I spent a month alone in Melbourne on a business trip and I used to come here to find peace. Really a beautiful church and nice people. I'll never forget it.
  • Right in the heart of Melbourne is this iconic place of worship with historical significance. Anyone is welcome here to visit and experience the architectural extravaganza.
  • Love walking around here it is so peaceful the architecture is amazing and I love just sitting near by and checking it out inside and out