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St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne
(4.4/5 based on 850+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Amazing architecture, especially because of the time it was built. The history stays with us forever through these buildings. 
  • Strolling down Swanston Street towards the Yarra River and Flinders Station, you will encounter the Town Hall, the Regent Theatre and last but not least, St. Paul's. As we approach it remains a bit puzzled because the glance is at the back but, recovered the forecourt (better yet the Federation Square on the river), the cathedral stands in all its towered stateliness. Very nice inside, especially the stained glass Windows, recently restored and cleaned up.
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  • Beautiful place with wonderful architecture! It's right at a busy junction but so peaceful and quiet inside. A great place for quiet reflection and contemplation even if you are not religious. There's...  more »
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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.